The Ultimate RUROUNI KENSHIN FAQ by Iyouboushi with help from Mr.

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Revision 2.1.5 Updated: 08/20/09

[Introduction & Purpose] In March 2004 James "Iyouboushi" decided that he should try to create the most complete RUROUNI KENSHIN FAQ ever written. He set out on his journey with nineteen initial questions and answers. Wanting to get the best exposure for his creation he decided it would be best to post it on the [adult swim] message board. There it continued to grow to what it is today. Several other members have asked questions that have made it into the official FAQ and others still have helped in answering them. This is the fruit of their labor and it will hopefully continue to grow. The purpose of this FAQ is not to give away all the plot points of the series or answer simple questions that are answered in the series (there are a few exceptions though). The purpose of this FAQ is to answer various other questions that have been floating around and asked quite often, such as "What is ’Samurai X’ and is it different?" It also serves as information about the true history of Japan when compared to the history of RUROUNI KENSHIN.

[How do I submit a question?] Because we want to keep this FAQ growing, we’re accepting questions on James’ own personal board in addition to the LJ community. Posting them on the LJ community is guaranteed way to get a response. The URL to the LJ community is: For other links, and the most updated version of this FAQ, check the website at:

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[Table of Contents] Due to the increasing size of this document this section has become a part of the website rather than inside this document. If you’re wondering how to find out which questions were asked: use the outline feature, sometimes known as the "Navigation Pane" (usually accessed with F5) to navigate through the questions in this FAQ. I’ll also restate: PLEASE DO NOT ASK QUESTIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN ANSWERED! Repeating questions will most likely be ignored most of the time and you’ll be told to check the FAQ. So don’t waste your, and our, time.

[General Questions] WHO CREATED RUROUNI KENSHIN? WHEN? RUROUNI KENSHIN was created by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The first tankoubon volume of the manga was published in 1994, with the first kanzenban volume of the manga being published in 2006. It ran in Shuukan Shounen Jump previous to it being compiled into tankoubon. The animated series began in 1996 and was shown on Thursday nights at 7:30 P.M. In case you’re wondering: Nobuhiro Watsuki was born May 26, 1970 and has made several other mangas including: Gun Blaze West, Busou Renkin, Rurouni: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (two short stories that basically served as the RK pilot), and Meteor Strike (a short story done for a Shounen Jump artist competition).

found in volume 18) to the end > Ishin Shishi no Requiem (movie) -> SeisouHen [2 parts] -> go back and finish up the rest of the series (which ends with fillers) and read the rest of the manga (it’s up to you on which you want to do first). two OAVs consisting of 6 parts total (the OAVs are titled "TsuiokuHen" and "SeisouHen. Animated series up until episode 62 -> TsuiokuHen [4 parts] -> finish with the manga and the rest of the series. The 95th episode is included on volume 22 of the English DVDs but the Memorial Box episode is only available if you buy the Japanese box set. In fact. a "Memorial Box" episode. if you want to jump straight into the anime. 2 specials. that’s not correct. YOU’RE WRONG. however. 22 kanzenban volumes (both consisting of 255 chapters total) if you don’t count the special "Yahiko no Sakabatou" one-shot story or the special that was printed in the "Kenshin Kaden" (which was called "Haru ni Sakura").3.") and two novels. There’s also a Kenshin Memorial Box episode that was basically a summery of TsuiokuHen and the series. WHAT ORDER SHOULD I WATCH/READ THE SERIES? You can read all of the manga straight through. by the way). but I don’t consider that part of the official amount. HOW MUCH OF KENSHIN IS THERE? Currently there are: 28 tankoubon volumes. . Of course there’s also a ton of fan-made doujinshi and stories out there. however. You may disagree or feel differently. THERE’S ONLY 94 EPISODES! Actually. 95 animated episodes. it’s preferred to read all of the manga BEFORE seeing the series (this is the case with most anime. here’s MY (Iyouboushi’s) PERSONAL OPINION on what order to watch it. There’s 95 episodes total. madpierrot of [adult swim]’s message board suggests a different order. TsuiokuHen [4 parts] -> Animated Series up to episode 62 -> Read the manga from the beginning of the Jinchuu Arc (starting with chapter 152. 1 90-minute movie titled "Ishin Shishi no Requiem".

there was a problem with the rights when two different companies tried to dub different parts of it." the entire Kyoto Arc and then you’ll read the best arc of the entire series (the Jinchuu Arc) then top it all off with the movie and how they chose to end the series completely (SeisouHen). it was soon moved to Saturday’s at 10:30 PM EST. First on weekdays. naming it after Kenshin’s obvious scar. If anyone knows of another channel that is airing the series. If you know all of that before you watch it seems like it would take half the fun out of watching the show. The series rights were owned by Media Blasters. let me know. The only other way to see the series right now is to either watch the DVDs or VHS tapes. were brought over by ADV. it will let you experience the most out of the series for your first time. In the past. It is not different. The official (original) names for the OAVs and movie (as stated in question 2) are: Rurouni Kenshin: TsuiokuHen (it has four parts) . Because of legal matters." The manga doesn’t reveal his past (what’s presented in TsuiokuHen) until the end of chapter 164 in volume 19. as they are all part of the same "saga" and are all part of the story. You’ll get to see how Kenshin began (his origins are in TsuiokuHen). WHERE CAN I SEE THE SERIES? As of now Rurouni Kenshin is currently NOT showing on any channels. hence his decision to wait until mid-series before watching it. the series aired on Cartoon Network’s "Toonami" block. Either way you choose. how he meets the "Kenshin-gumi. however. ADV had to find themselves a new name and settled for Samurai X. His reason? "One of the greatest points about Kenshin is not knowing anything about his past and wondering about it and asking questions just like all the other characters in the show. Keep in mind that the Cartoon Network used to air a seriously cut show that cut entire episodes and arcs. The OAVs and the motion picture.4. WHAT IS SAMURAI X? IS IT DIFFERENT? When the saga of RUROUNI KENSHIN was brought over.

Kiru Otko ("The Man of the Slashing Sword") 2. just look it up online. Here’s the title list for those four parts: 1. That’s just life. If you seriously want to know without watching or reading. I would recommend just reading the manga versions. because it’s Kenshin’s life during the Bakumatsu--a WAR! War is violent and brutal. In the manga his backstory begins at the end of chapter 164 in volume 19. As mentioned before. there’s four parts to it. as it’s nowhere near as bad.Director’s Cut. Mayoi Neko ("The Lost Cat") 3. I won’t be covering this in the FAQ because I feel it is too big of a spoiler and just reading it without seeing it takes away the power and emotion behind it. it shows Kenshin’s life when he was known as the Hitokiri Battousai. it’s the animated version of when Kenshin pulls everyone aside to talk about his past in the Jinchuu Arc. OAVs have more freedom in the content side of things (they can show graphic violence and extreme sex scenes) because they are (usually) not going to be aired on TV so they don’t need to worry about TV ratings and censors. First." "Samurai X: Betrayal" and "Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal .5." The animated version uses quite a different art style (more realistic) and is EXTREMELY bloody/graphic. Please don’t ask me because I refuse to answer. It is being sold in the US under the titles "Samurai X: Trust. That is to say. Second. Why all the blood? Two reasons. Rurouni Kenshin: SeisouHen (it has two parts) Rurouni Kenshin Motion Picture: Ishin Shishi no Requiem WHAT IS TSUIOKUHEN? TsuiokuHen is the beginning of the saga. In all practicality. because it’s an OAV. One other fact about the OAV/backstory: it explains how Kenshin received the X-shaped scar on his cheek. Juji Kizu ("The Cross-Shaped Wound") . If you don’t want to see gushes of blood or men being sliced (literally) in half. Yoisato Yama ("The Previous Night at the Mountain Home") 4.

2002. guides to the characters." The first part is sort of a short series recap told in the perspective of Kaoru. I’ll add). Both of these are combined and sold on one DVD in the US under the name "Samurai X: Reflection. Part 1 was released December 19. It also informs us that Kenshin has gone off to China because a war is brewing. martial arts techniques and battles of the manga story. The first being that the original was released as four parts. and the DC was released as a two hour movie. A bonus full color section reprints a special selection of color paintings.6. The DC also adds a few extra scenes and tries to make it widescreen (meaning some of the picture is cut off) even though the original was never done that way. SeisouHen was directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. weapons. It also removes some of the background music. TsuiokuHen was directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and was released in 1999 in Japan. pin-up images and "Naru ni Sakura" by Nobuhiro Watsuki. WHAT IS SEISOUHEN? SeisouHen is sort of a "thank you" OAV created for the fans. WHAT IS THE KENSHIN KADEN? The Kenshin Kaden is an illustrated guide to the Rurouni Kenshin manga. There are other points that I would mention but I consider them to be spoilers so I don’t want to. . Part 2 aired February 25. It contains thousands of panels. The second part continues with the memories of Kaoru where she remembers speaking with Enishi (the main villain of the Jinchuu Arc) and ends the series once and for all (in a sad way. 2001. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR’S CUT AND ORIGINAL FOR TSUIOKUHEN? There are a few minor differences between the "Director’s Cut" and the original cut for TsuiokuHen. illustrations from the Rurouni Kenshin manga series. It takes place in Meiji 11 and 26.

WHAT IS "METEOR STRIKE"? You’re probably wondering why I included this in a Kenshin FAQ. Yahiko and several others are being held hostage in a dojo by three escaped prisoners. Please skip this and come back after you have. It’s basically the wrap up of the series. but it’s because it appears in the final volume of Rurouni Kenshin (volume 28) as a bonus story.7. *NOTE: This next paragraph contains a few spoilers for those who have not read the end of the Rurouni Kenshin manga. He has commented on it as saying "it’s a bit different from RUROUNI KENSHIN and I think this will be a good story to improve my future works. Watsuki has been quoted as saying that this is his "final" Rurouni Kenshin installment and that he has moved onto new works. The novels can be found in Japanese. Chinese and English. WHAT IS "NARU NI SAKURA" THAT’S FOUND IN THE "KENSHIN KADEN"? It’s a short. It was also published in the September 2006 issue of the American Shounen Jump. WHAT ARE THESE "NOVELS" THAT YOU MENTIONED? Believe it or not. Rurouni Kenshin was so popular that novels (actual novels) were created based on the series." It was originally done for a Shounen Jump artist competition. WHAT IS "YAHIKO NO SAKABATOU"? Yahiko no Sakabatou is a 42 page (43 with the cover) "oneshot story" that ran in combined issue 3-4 of Shuukan Shounen Jump in 2000. The story shows how Yahiko handles the situation and how he has been shaped from Kenshin and Kaoru’s ideals. Meteor Strike is a short 31-page story from Watsuki-sensei. . full colored manga that appears in the Kenshin Kaden.* It takes place in the year Meiji 15 after Yahiko has inherited the Sakabatou from Kenshin. One was a completely original story and the second was based on two sections of the series (where Yahiko has to save Tsubame and the other is where Kenshin has to fight Jin-e). six page long. There were two novels.

not part of the actual story arcs. They are: * Tokyo Arc TV episodes: 1 to 12.The novel 1 contains "The Moon Up There" and "Sanosuke and the Nishikie" AUTHOR: Nobuhiro Watsuki and Kaoru Shizuka EDITOR: Jump J Books JAPANESE ISBN: 4-08-703051-2 ENGLISH ISBN : 1421506041 ORIGINAL RELEASE: 10/04/1996 PAGES: 236 TITLE: Rurouni Kenshin . Here’s a list of the story arcs and the episode #s and manga chapters. 23 to 24 Manga chapters: 1 to 47 * Kyoto Arc TV episodes: 28 to 62 Manga chapters: 48 to 151 * Jinchuu Arc (also known as the "Revenge Arc") TV episodes: not animated.The novel 2 contains "Yahiko’s Fight" and "Black Hat" AUTHOR: Nobuhiro Watsuki and Kaoru Shizuka EDITOR: Jump J Books JAPANESE ISBN: 4-08-703063-6 ENGLISH ISBN : unreleased ORIGINAL RELEASE: 10/03/1997 PAGES: 244 WHAT ARE ALL THE STORY ARCS? In my eyes there are three main story arcs in the series. Manga chapters: 165 to 178 . 19 to 21. TITLE: Rurouni Kenshin . The episode #s skipped imply that they are fillers. not including the special Yahiko story of the Kenshin Kaden. though it does make a brief (and horribly mutilated) appearance in the SeisouHen OAV.8.

Heart of the Sword 10. Faces of Evil 12. The Flames of Revolution [Kyoto Arc] 07. Firefly’s Wish 16. Son of God 17. Between Life and Death 11. Renegade Samurai 06. There are other "arcs" that were created for the animated series only. episodes 67 to 76 * Misc (Knight/Medicine and Magic episodes): episodes 76 to 94 WHAT ARE THE TITLES OF THE ENGLISH DVDS? Here’s a list of all 22 English DVD titles and which arcs they fall under. Battle in the Moonlight 03. Soulless Knights 21. They are: * Shimbara Arc (also known as the "Christian Arc"). They were generally aired as a review of certain things to prepare the viewer for upcoming episodes/story arcs. End Song WHAT ARE THESE "SPECIALS"? The specials are episodes that are not part of the series. Innocence and Experience 14. Fall From Grace 19. A Shinobi’s Love 22. Ice Blue Eyes 09. [Tokyo Arc] 01.9. Fire Requiem [Fillers] 15. . Shadow of the Wolf 08. Remember. The Shadow Elite 04. False Prophet 05. Holy War 18. Blind Justice 13. these are all fillers and are not part of the manga in any way. Dreams of Youth 20. The Legendary Swordsman 02.

It is considered the funniest of the three because Kaoru and Yahiko were hosting the episode as plushies. The three are: An episode review starring Yahiko and Kaoru as Plushies. * Ryuu Shou Sen literally means "Rising Dragon Flash" . The enemy’s falling weight combines with Kenshin’s upper-thrust and delivers more damage than a regular attack would. There are two serious specials and one very short special (I listed it above that you may not even consider it as a special since it’s so short). this episode goes through every technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu and explains how it works. REVIEW EPISODE: This episode aired right before episode 45. a Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu Technique episode. and a very short "Oro Moments" special. At the very end of the episode the two plushies say that there’s more to come in the series and that they hope you watch. though it doesn’t go into detail of how they work like the techniques special). At the end there’s a preview for the Shimbara Arc and it tells you that the first ep of that arc will air a week from the day the special aired (and that they hope you watch it). Next they would cut away to a black screen with the technique name written out and begin analyzing it piece by piece.10. a feature showing Kaoru getting angry over and over (similar to the Oro special) with Kaoru commenting "Hey. In the example with Ryuu Shou Sen here is what it had to say: HITEN MITSURUGI RYUU RYUU SHOU SEN "As the name implies*. the technique rises towards the enemy’s throat. This is a very lethal attack. It finished with more summary talking about the Kyoto saga and how they lead up to episode 46. TECHNIQUES EPISODE: Similar to the "Himura Kenshin’s Greatest Hits" from the first special. First they show a clip of the anime (for example: Kenshin facing Senkaku) leading up to where Kenshin uses a technique (in this example he used Ryuu Shou Sen). Included in this was a very basic summary of Kenshin (who he was and how he came to be in Tokyo with Kaoru & the gang). "Himura Kenshin’s Greatest Hits" (basically him using his Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu moves on various opponents." The special would then resume with another clip of another villain and another technique. Yahiko! Are you implying that Kenshin is more afraid of me than of them [the villains]?" and her plushie crying in a corner.

There are two for the Sony Playstation. ORO MOMENTS: Being only a minute long is what causes most people to think this isn’t a special. The game takes place during the Kyoto arc and follows the series fairly closely. They then animated some of it (poorly) in SeisouHen and a gut feeling tells me that’s about as far as they’re going to go with it. The RPG takes place after the Kyoto Arc. they’re not found on any DVD. Jin-e. WILL THEY EVER ANIMATE THE JINCHUU ARC? I seriously doubt it. The fighting game is titled "Rurouni Kenshin: Ishin Gekitouhen" and the RPG is titled "Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenyaku Romantan: Juuyuushi Inbou Hen. Sano as Zanza." The PSX fighting game is fairly basic but has ten playable characters: Kenshin. but it is possible to get them in your party to help you. ARE THERE ANY KENSHIN GAMES? Yes! There are three total. Sanosuke. but since the ratings dropped after they went to making all the fillers (in addition to losing their budget as a result of this). to answer the question. There’s also alternate outfits for the characters and the ability to use Sano’s Zanbatou during the game. WHAT DVD ARE THE SPECIALS ON? I hate to break it to everyone here in America. Kaoru and Saitou. There’s a fighting game and an RPG. Hannya. they canceled it before they could. The game play is very similar to a Devil May Cry type. however. . It does not star any of the main characters. You’re out of luck. So. Pretty funny regardless if you think it’s a special or not. Aoshi. On September 14. Basically it’s about 50 seconds of Kenshin going "ORO!" over and over again (different scenes). Shikijou.11. Hyottoko. A little fact time: they had originally planned to animate it in the series (if you can read the Japanese credits you’ll notice they credit some of the Jinchuu characters) and Tomoe was shown in ending #6. I could be wrong. 2006. but as of now the specials have not been translated and brought over here. Sorry. a PS2 game titled "Rurouni Kenshin: Enjyou! Kyoto Rinne" was released.

Here’s the titles: Premier Premier Premier Samurai Samurai Economy Economy Economy Box Box Box X X Box Box Box set #1: Rurouni Kenshin Wandering Samurai set #2: Rurouni Kenshin Legend of Kyoto set #3: Rurouni Kenshin Meiji Era OVA Collection Director’s Cut Collection TV season 1 TV season 2 TV season 3 HOW ARE THE ENGLISH DVD BOX SETS SPLIT UP? (THAT IS. .12. He also used "Shinsengumi Keppuuroku" also by Shiba Ryoutarou. WHICH EPISODES ARE IN WHICH BOX SET?) Premier box set #1 contains episodes 01 to 28. Premier box set #3 contains episodes 63 to 95. The "Samurai X" Director’s Cut Collection contains the two Director’s Cuts of the OAVs The Economy box sets are the same as the premiers except the economy box sets do not contain no custom sleeves for each DVD and no deluxe box to hold them in. I’m unaware right now if there is an English translation available. WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE ENGLISH DVD BOX SETS? There’s seveal box sets that have been released in America that contain all of the series and the OAVs. The "Samurai X" boxset contains the two OAVs. Note: none of the boxsets contain the lost specials or the Memorial Box episode. Sano. Saitou and Aoshi. Playable characters include Kenshin. Premier box set #2 contains episodes 29 to 62. WHAT NOVEL DID WATSUKI REFER TO AS HIS ’BIBLE’ WHEN WRITING RUROUNI KENSHIN? That was "Moeyo Ken" (Burning Sword) by Shiba Ryoutarou.

sasugabooks. [Ordering Questions] WHERE DO I ORDER/GET THE MANGA (ALL VERSIONS)? If you’re looking for the original Japanese tankoubon or AMAZON JAPAN (www. It also comes with several art books and various extra gifts (such as a small model of a sakabatou).jp). SeisouHen and the RK movie have reversible covers. It was released on December 20. and presumably the movie. . The box set runs about 84. Check out SASUGA JAPANESE BOOKSTORE (www. THE MOVIE AND SEISOUHEN? If you are not currently If you haven’t already seen WHERE DO I ORDER/GET THE SERIES/OAVS/MOVIE? You can find them in most stores that sell anime. WHAT’S THIS I HEAR ABOUT DOUBLE SIDED COVERS FOR TSUIOKUHEN.13. VIZ Media is translating and releasing them in English to the United States and Canada.000 yen retail (some places will offer it for about 64. WHAT IS THIS JAPANESE BOX SET I HEAR ABOUT? It is a huge box set containing all of the television episodes.000 yen) including tax. WHERE DO I ORDER THE NOVELS? For the Japanese or Chinese versions you will have to import them. Online. On one side is the "Samurai X" artwork and on the backside of it is artwork with the original "Rurouni Kenshin" (written in Japanese) is still your best bet. the non-box and black box sets of TsuiokuHen. Check your local bookstore. The English versions of the tankoubon can be found at Amazon (www. as it’s beautiful. I suggest checking out the TsuiokuHen artwork for for one such place to order them. or the new kazenban (perfect) volumes.sasugabooks. you can find both at SASUGA JAPANESE BOOKSTORE (www. both theater versions of the OAVs. 2006.

14. The PS2 game. if he wanted to. http://www. making it harder for him to kill someone. however. You can buy one at KNIGHT’s EDGE. can be purchased via Play Asia ( As far as I and will run about $ for a whopping 63. Please note that you will need a Japanese PSX or PS2 to run the games.90. "sakabatou" translates to "reverse-blade katana" and that’s what it is. he could easily kill with the dull edge as well (imagine a metal baseball bat being slammed into you by Kenshin and you’ll get the picture). that may sell them. You can SERIOUSLY injure yourself if you’re playing around with it (even more-so than a normal katana because the blade is on the inside instead of out). I imagine you can find them at other stores as well (check your local video store). WHERE DO I ORDER/GET THE ENGLISH BOX SETS? You can find the (pretty expensive) box sets at AMAZON.ebay. http://www. IT’S A REAL WEAPON! It’s NOT a [Music-related Questions] .com/psximport_r. so EBAY ( WHERE DO I ORDER/GET THE JAPANESE BOX SET? You can find the Japanese box set for sale on Amazon Japan (www. There is also another Make no mistake though. however. WHERE DO I ORDER THE GAMES? The PSX games are long out of is more than likely your only shot at obtaining these. WHAT IS A SAKABATOU? CAN I OBTAIN ONE? Literally. The Sakabatou is the weapon Kenshin uses because the blade is on the other side.toysnjoys. you CAN obtain a real Sakabatou.knightsedge.COM (www. Buy at your own risk.htm I’ve also been informed that many anime conventions in the US will carry and sell Sakabatou replicas for around $30~$60. this is the cheapest place to order it from.000 yen (which is about $551.

38 39 .95 If anyone wonders.27 28 .82 83 . HOW MANY SOUNDTRACKS ARE THERE? A lot. it’s that it has some great opening and closing themes.66 67 . Here’s a list (hopefully complete): .95 * Note that there is also an English version of "Sobakasu" sung by Sandy Fox. 5. 3. 1.15. 1. Title Sobakasu 1/2 Kimi Ni Fureru Dake De Artist Judy and Mary Kawamoto Makoto Curio Episodes 01 . *Endings #.38 39 . And yes. WHAT ARE THE OPENING/CLOSING THEMES? WHAT EPISODES ARE THEY USED FOR? If it’s one thing everyone knows about Kenshin." If you’ve ever seen the way Toonami decided to air the credits. 7. the song that is more often-than-not associated with RK is "Heart of Sword. look no further. If you’re curious on what they are. Sobakasu).42 43 . there’s quite a few of them. they also air the wrong footage in the background--all of that is from the opening. the music that plays is Heart of Sword (although I’ll point out that not only do they air the wrong song per episodes. 6. 2. 3. *Openings #. Title Tactics Namida wa Shitteiru Heart of Sword ~Yoake mae~ Fourth Avenue Cafe Heart of Sword ~Yoake mae~ It’s Gonna Rain 1/3 no junjouna kanjou Dame! Artist The Yellow Monkey Suzukaze Mayo TM Revolution L’Arc En Ciel TM Revolution Bonnie Pink Siam Shade Izumi You Episodes 01 .82 83 . And one last note: the opening theme to the RK movie (Ishin Shishi no Requiem) is "Niji" performed by L’Arc~en~Ciel.12 13 . 2. with many of them being really addictive and just plain wonderful. 8. who the artist is and what episodes they aired with. 4.49 50 .

16. Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Rurouni Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin Kenshin OST 1 OST 2 OST 3 OST 4 OST - The Director’s Edition OST - The Brilliant Edition Songs Album 1 Songs Album 2 Best Theme Collection TsuiokuHen OST SeisouHen OST Motion Picture OST Game 1 OST Game 2 OST

In addition, there’s a "Rurouni Kenshin Complete CD-Box" that contains the four TV OSTs, the two OAV OSTs, the movie OST, the two game OSTs, an Opening&Closing theme collection, and the two Character Songs albums. There is also a "Premium Collection" set that contains three CDs. The first CD contains nine tracks of openings and closings; the second CD contains 11 tracks that are background music; the last CD contains 10 tracks that are from TsuiokuHen.

WHO COMPOSED THE SOUNDTRACKS? Taku Iwasaki did the two OAVs soundtracks Taro Iwashiro did the Movie soundtrack Various people did the rest of the soundtracks


WHY WAS ’HEART OF SWORD’ USED TWICE AS AN ENDING? I have heard two reasons. First being that it was the most popular of the ending songs. However, I don’t think this was the real reason. The second reason, and perhaps lesser known, is that there were drug charges brought up against L’Arc~en~Ciel (who did the 4th ending "Fourth Avenue Cafe"). Because of this Sony pulled their song and replaced it with "Heart of Sword" with the 4th ending’s footage.

17. WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND PIECE THAT PLAYS WHEN KENSHIN SAYS HIS FAREWELLS TO KAORU BEFORE LEAVING TO KYOTO (EPISODE 31)? I CAN’T SEEM TO FIND IT ON ANY OFFICIAL KENSHIN OST. The song is Intermezzo Synfonica. I believe this song was composed by Pietro Mascagni. I’m pretty sure that they were given the right to include it in the show (episode 31) but weren’t given the right to include it on any of the OSTs, hence why you can’t find it on any.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE SONG THAT PLAYS IN EPISODE 24 WHEN SANO FIGHTS KENSHIN? The name of the song is "Kokoro no Hadaka" which roughly translates to "Nakedness of the Heart." This song is on the "Rurouni Kenshin: Character Image Song II" album. It’s not found anywhere else (i.e. you can’t find it on any of the TV OSTs). Another really interesting point about this song is that it’s sung by Yuji Ueda, who voiced Sanosuke in the original Japanese version.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE SONG THAT USUALLY PLAYS WHEN KENSHIN SAVES SOMEONE IN THE TOKYO ARC? It was rather difficult to try and phrase this question but basically the question was what was the popular song that plays a lot in the Tokyo Arc, usually when Kenshin ends up saving the day? The answer is Kimi Wa Dare Wo Mamotte Iru (acoustic version). The song can be found on the first TV OST.

HOW MANY TRACKS ARE THERE FOR THE SEISOUHEN OST? This question came from the difference between the original SeisouHen OST and the extended version found within the Complete CD Box Set. The original OST contains 18 tracks (ending with the song "Pie jesu"). The extended version adds an additional two tracks, bringing the total to 20. The two tracks are "You By My Side (extended version)" and "Eternal."

DOES TSUIOKUHEN HAVE AN EXTENDED OST? No. Unlike SeisouHen, which got an additional two tracks in the Complete CD Box Set, the track list for TsuiokuHen is exactly the same.


WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE ANIMETAL KENSHIN SONGS? Animetal, a popular metal group in Japan, produced three songs related to the "Rurouni Kenshin" series. One is called "Shukutei Kenzan," another is called "The Juppongatana" and the final one is called "Towa no Mirai." They can be found on the Best Theme Collection.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE SONG THAT SAYO AMAKUSA PLAYS ON THE PIANO IN EPISODE 72? The song is Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor--better known as the Moonlight Sonata. You won’t find it on any of the Kenshin OSTs.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE SONG THAT PLAYS IN EPISODE 61 WHEN KENSHIN WAKES AND GETS UP? The song is the second movement of Beethoven’s Sonata No.8 in C minor--better known as Adagio Cantabile.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE SONG THAT PLAYS IN EPISODE 26 AFTER SHURA SAVES KENSHIN? "Tsuioku ~in the Past~" from the fourth television soundtrack. Or at least that’s what it’s called on the 4th TV OST in the "Complete CD Box Set." The part this question is referring to doesn’t take up the entire song, it’s just part of it.

[Animated-related Questions (series, OAVs, movie)] WAS SEISOUHEN WRITTEN BY NOBUHIRO WATSUKI? Sadly, no. SeisouHen was written by Reiko Yoshida. If it had been written by Watsuki there’s a good chance it wouldn’t have ended the way it did as Watsuki has been quoted as preferring happy endings (such as the way the manga ends).

People naturally assume that Swastikas = Nazis. PLOT HOLE! KENSHIN SHOULDN’T HAVE HIS SCAR IN (INSERT FLASHBACK). when this is just not true. hopefully without giving away too many spoilers. they’re from the war. It is thought that the first mention or use of the symbol was in the holy texts of Hinduism. cross-shaped scar on his cheek) before they fight. aka when Kenshin was still in training. like Buddhisim. The first is when Kenshin was still in the war. In short answer: no. ARE THERE NAZIS IN KENSHIN? No. The reason this question is asked is because Swastikas appear on screen during one of the fillers. and I want to address it in here. they don’t mean that they’re nazis. he never fought Saitou before then). The second is when Hiko is remembering Kenshin’s past. Also. In fact. For example. And the Hiko flashbacks are also correct since he doesn’t have his scar in any of them. Kenshin never fought Saitou or Okita when he was still a shadow hitokiri. . So now to address the flashback questions and whether or not the scar on Kenshin’s cheek is a plot hole. has been in use looooooong before Hitler ever took it and made it into an "evil" symbol.19. There are two types of flashbacks used in the TV series version of Kenshin. This type of flashback can be from Kenshin remembering or someone else (like Jin-e or Saitou). There are no plot holes because the war flashbacks are always after he has received his scar. The war flashbacks take place once Kenshin was no longer a shadow hitokiri and thus has the full scar on his cheek. This means he had his scar when he fought Saitou for the first time. So even though they are shown in Kenshin. fighting to make a better tomorrow. they’re not plot holes in the TV episodes. But before answering the question we need to understand that after Kenshin received his full scar he continued to fight in the revolution. Everyone has to understand that the symbol. Regardless. the swastika. the flashbacks of Kenshin fighting Saitou take place after he received his scar (remember. Its traditional meaning was "good luck" or "well being" (literally "it is good"). It was commonly used in Indic religions. RIGHT? This has been brought up quite often now. if you watch the last bit of TsuiokuHen Saitou mentions that he had heard of Kenshin by his description (red hair. he only fought them AFTER he was no longer in that role. except that he was no longer a shadow hitokiri--that role was filled by Shishio.

The only way to see them is to watch the DVDs. While waiting they aired filler episodes. One more note: Cartoon Network has basically refused to show the episodes where swastikas have appeared. WHO WAS SHISHIO REFERRING TO WHEN HE TOLD SAITOU "YOU" DURING EXPLAINING WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM AFTER THE REVOLUTION? The question was: When Shishio was talking to Saitou after being struck in the head with a Gatotsu. Enishi’s sister. WHAT NETWORKS HAVE SHOWN RUROUNI KENSHIN? Japan Argentina. he specifically said "you" to Saitou. WHO IS THAT MYSTERIOUS GIRL IN THE ENDING CREDITS OF EPISODES 67-82? Those who have seen TsuiokuHen will recognize it instantly: it’s Tomoe. Mexico and The US Brazil Russia Puerto Rico India Fuji Television Cartoon Network Rede Globo & Cartoon Network STS Telemundo Puerto Rico Animax . referring to who knocked him out and shot him.20. Was he referring to Saitou himself or the people he worked for? My answer is that I’m positive that Shishio was referring to the Meiji government. He was generalizing. The series was originally going to animate the Jinchuu Arc but was waiting for Watsuki to get further ahead in the manga. which caused the ratings to die and thus killed the show. One more reason why the Swastika symbol could not represent the Nazis in Kenshin: Kenshin takes place in the 1800’s and the Nazis didn’t come around until the 1900’s. Remember that by that time Saitou was working for the government and it was the government that burned him.

Zanbatou..Ultimate Killing Technique! The Nightmare Falls Apart! Raijuuta’s Dream First Time! Crazy. Yahiko’s Battle You Can Do It! Toramaru’s Dosukoi Journey To Save a Small Life! Challenge! Doctor Megumi! The Operation Starts! The Terrorist Group Jinputai Take a Pledge! The Hidden Sword Technique.. the Ultimate Men! The Clash of Light and Darkness The Birth of a Junior Samurai! First Disciple.. Why Don’t You Become My Student? The Swordsman in Sorrow. The Adventure of Marimo the Flying Bullet Run! Yahiko. The Man So Scary as to Seem Almost Beautiful Farewell. The Dreaded Oniwabanshu! Aoshi. Vision of a Forbidden Empire Shinkoryuu’s Revived! Show of Evil. The Fighter Sanosuke Appears Sakabatou vs. Protect the Ones You Love! A New Battle! The Mysterious and Beautiful Woman Who Jumped in Suddenly The Ultimate Stealth Army.. Bring the Sakabatou Back! Raijuuta’s Desire. WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE ANIME EPISODES AND WHEN DID THEY ORIGINALLY AIR? EP # 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 AIR-DATE 1996-01-10 1996-01-17 1996-01-24 1996-01-31 1996-02-07 1996-02-14 1996-02-21 1996-02-28 1996-03-06 1996-03-13 1996-04-24 1996-05-01 1996-05-08 1996-05-15 1996-05-22 1996-06-05 1996-06-12 1996-06-19 1996-06-26 1996-07-10 1996-07-17 1996-07-31 1996-08-14 1996-08-21 1996-08-28 JAPANESE TITLE (translated) The Handsome Swordsman of Legend The Bratty Samurai... Insane Steam Engine Train Trip Betrayed by Sanosuke?! Greetings of Fate Midnight Fight! Sanosuke vs.. The Man That Cuts The Past One Word: Evil... At the Battle’s End! Visitor From The Darkness. Shiden No Tachi! Blast to Your Dream. The Kurogasa Appears Fight to the Death Under the Moon.. Kenshin Again! Scarlet Pirate! .21.

Shishio Makoto’s Plot! 31 1996-11-27 Newer Reaching Feelings.. Mastered. Arai Shakku’s Masterpiece! 40 1997-02-19 Cold Blooded Samurai! Battle with Juppongatana Chou! 41 1997-02-26 A Hidden Technique of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu! Reunion with Master Hiko Seijuurou! 42 1997-03-05 Alliance Agreed! The Day When Shishio and Aoshi Unite! 43 1997-03-12 Between Life and Death! Succession Technique.. First Meeting of Kenshin and Shishio 37 1997-01-29 Shock! Sakabatou Broken. Ama Kakeru Ryuu no Hirameki 44 1997-03-19 Battle of Indignation.. Challenge the Hakai Priest. Kenshin’s Departure 32 1996-12-04 Changing Tears to Courage! The Path Chosen by Kamiya Kaoru 33 1996-12-11 Time to Be the Strongest Warrior! Aoshi’s New Battle! 34 1997-01-08 The Little Thief. Anji 39 1997-02-12 The Man Who Makes Sakabatou. Tear Up Kenshin and Kaoru 26 1996-09-04 An Incarnation of Thunder Storm! The Mysterious Nobility of the Female Pirate Shura 27 1996-10-16 Ferocious Fighting Island! Scarlet Pirate 28 1996-10-30 Prelude to a New Threat. Stop Its Sails! 46 1997-04-23 Burning Rengoku! Shishio Makoto’s Fortune 47 1997-04-30 Crush! Futae No Kiwami. Ever Closer! 36 1997-01-22 After the End of the Dynasty. Kenshin 38 1997-02-05 Sanosuke. .. Makimachi Misao’s Deceptive Looks! 35 1997-01-15 Occupied Village! Shishio’s Evil Shadow... Gathering His Strongest. The Shadow of the Wolf is Drawing Near 29 1996-11-06 The Ultimate Fatal Rival! The Waylay of the Desperate Fangs 30 1996-11-13 Evil Monster of Revenge.22..... Soujirou "The Heavenly Sword" vs. The Secret of Patience. Juppongatana! **Special #1 aired in-between episodes 44 and 45** 45 1997-04-16 Blown Away! The Battleship Rengoku. Pain of Sanosuke’s Fist! 48 1997-05-14 The Focus of His Gaze.. Anji’s New Reflection 49 1997-05-28 A Wolf Sees the Shingan..

Starting With Fulfilled Feelings Legend of The Wishing Fireflies. 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 1997-06-04 1997-06-11 1997-06-18 1997-06-25 1997-07-02 1997-07-09 1997-07-16 1997-08-06 1997-08-13 1997-08-20 1997-09-03 1997-09-10 1997-09-17 1997-10-14 1997-10-28 1997-11-04 1997-11-11 1997-11-18 1997-11-25 1997-12-02 70 71 72 1997-12-09 1997-12-16 1998-01-06 Explosive Zero Gatotsu! Time To Keep A Promise. Sanosuke and Sayo Meet The Place of Battle.. Last Stage! Remaining Juppon Gatana. Soujirou. True and Perfect Solution Miracle In The Making! The Battle at Aoiya Continues A Giant versus Superman! Saving Grace at the Edge of Despair Hiten versus Shukuchi. Amakusa Shougo A Medallion of Destiny. Choice of Life! Kyoto.23. Shougo’s Trapped! The Reminiscent Days. God’s Gift to Nature Tragedy in the Storm. Kenshin and Aoshi Battle Once Again! Now Is The Time To Awaken. . Shishio versus Kenshin.. Soujirou’s Past Fight To The Limit! Shun Ten Satsu vs Ama Kakeru Ryuu No Hirameki Two Men Betting Their Lives on the End of the Dynasty.. Shishio versus Kenshin. Engraved Memory.. The Girl Who Waits For Her Sword Master Prince Yahiko’s Born? Debut on High Society Find Out Missing Treasure! Great Treasure Hunting Dog. Final Battle! Will The Era Inherit Shishio? Kenshin’s Most Critical Moment! Luck Hasn’t Run Out Yet! Warrior Spirit Revived Again The One Who Permits Victory.. Notaro Happy Kaoru! Kenshin’s Proposal! Shining Legendary Sword! Mysterious Swordmaster. Kenshin is Sentenced to the Dark! Kaiou’s Conspiracy.. Shimabara! Judgement Day of Who is the Chosen The Impact of the Rai Ryu Sen.

Hope Will Surf Over the Sadness Himura Dojo in Shimonoseki? Another Battousai Appears The Girl Who Longs For Her Art Student.. Yahiko and Yutaro’s Eternal Promise To My Angel Misao. The Trap of Holy Crossing Has Been Laid! Dancing Underground... Misanagi’s Goal A Puzzling Journey. Love Shock in Hakone Hot Springs Katsu Kaishu and Kenshin. Ghosts of the Edo Dynasty Haunt Kaishu! The Decision of Katsu Kaishu.. Now They Make Desperate Efforts Here! Between Scarlet and Emerald are in the Boom of the Waves . Red Day Fly Cutthroat! Sanada Sasshin Schneider’s Bet.. Next Target: the Kamiya Dojo! Tokyo’s Under Martial Law! Strike of the Spiral Weapon. Crash Together Two Ama Kakeru Ryuu No Hirameki! The Sea of Departure... The Ambitions of the Black Knights Hide in the Shadows Sanada Ninja and the Divine Medicine. Fated Survivors From the End of the Edo Dynasty he Never Ending of Edo Dynasty.... Kaishu’s Mission of Fate Ben Aoi’s Trap... The Collapse of the Black Knights Two Other Directions.. Karyu’s Damaged in the Explosion Sanosuke’s Tears.. Ryu Myaku The Enemy Awaits in Senjo Gahara! Searching for the Hisui Crest The Elegy of the Wind and the Water. The Truth Beyond the Era Yutaro Returns. 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 1998-01-13 1998-01-20 1998-01-27 1998-02-03 1998-02-10 1998-02-17 1998-02-24 1998-03-03 1998-03-10 1998-04-14 1998-04-21 1998-05-05 1998-05-19 1998-05-26 1998-06-02 1998-06-09 1998-06-16 1998-06-23 1998-07-21 1998-08-04 1998-08-18 1998-09-08 95 Shougo and Sayo’s Painful Past Evil With a Sneer! Shouzo. Special Delivery from Kyoto Fusui’s Surprise Attack! The Mystery of the Satanic Pentagram Resist the Fusui’s Magical Power.24. Their Leader.. Eternal Separation Between Them Final Holy Battle..

the US France. Kenshin fans should be up in arms about this and complain to Viz and ask them to fix the mistake before too many people get the wrong idea. I’m glad that this mistake was brought to my attention. The line that is being mistranslated is "nandakanda itte Hiten mitsurugi Ryuu no kenkaku toshite Shishio wo houtteoku wa keni ha ikandarou. OF VIZ’S RK TRANSLATIONS HIKO TELLS KENSHIN: "AFTER ALL." I’m still learning Japanese so my translation may be a little rough. called tankoubon.25.HITEN MITSURUGI STUDENT." WHAT GIVES? DID VIZ MAKE A MISTAKE OR DID THEY GET IT RIGHT AND COUNTLESS FANS GOT IT WRONG? It is a mistake. Spain Mexico Brazil Argentina Shueisha VIZ Media Glenat Editorial Vid Editora JBC Ivrea WHAT IS THE KANZENBAN? IS IT DIFFERENT FROM TANKOUBON?? Manga in Japan almost always starts off running in a magazine (such as Shounen Jump). including the original kana/kanji] WHO ARE THE PUBLISHERS OF THE MANGA? Japan Canada. Shishio has never been a pupil of Hiko nor does he know anything of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu save for "Ryuu Shou Sen" that Kenshin used on Senkaku while he watched. [see website for a more detailed explanation about this error. ." I translated this (using the original kana/kanji in front of me) to: "What is it? It is needless to say that as a swordsman of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu there is no way that I can ignore Shishio. SHISHIO MUSTN’T BE LEFT AS THE ONLY. [Manga-related Questions] IN VOLUME 11. but it should still show the difference. After awhile the individual chapters are bound together and released in volumes. CHAPTER 85.

or "perfect edition. There are 22 volumes of kanzenban as opposed to the original 28 volumes of tankoubon. yes and no. The covers are different. . The only difference (aside from being in English) is the covers are different from the Japanese release. Typically when a manga becomes very popular in Japan there will be a new release of the manga. typically known as kanzenban. such as the Dragon Ball kanzenban.the volumes themselves are larger (meaning they hold more chapters). As for the second part of this question.26." These volumes are usually printed in larger volumes that hold more chapters compared to their tankoubon counterpart. where a few minor things will change or be updated). WHAT ARE ALL OF THE ISBN #’S FOR THE MANGA? For this list I’m only going to include the Japanese and American (VIZ) releases. WHAT IS VIZ BIG? Viz Big is the English equivalent of the Kanzenban. and some pages are colored (tankoubon is always black and white) but the manga itself usually doesn’t change (there’s rare instances.

27. TANKOUBON RELEASE: VOL # JAPAN ISBN 01 978-4088714998 02 978-4088715001 03 978-4088715032 04 978-4088715049 05 978-4088715056 06 978-4088715063 07 978-4088715070 08 978-4088715087 09 978-4088715094 10 978-4088715100 11 978-4088722818 12 978-4088722825 13 978-4088722832 14 978-4088722849 15 978-4088722955 16 978-4088722962 17 978-4088722979 18 978-4088722986 19 978-4088725154 20 978-4088725512 21 978-4088725741 22 978-4088726014 23 978-4088726267 24 978-4088726687 25 978-4088726960 26 978-4088727325 27 978-4088727585 28 978-4088727820 AMERICAN ISBN 1591162203 1591162491 1591162505 1591162513 159116320X 1591163560 1591163579 1591165636 1591166691 1591167035 1591167094 1591167124 1591167132 1591167671 1591168104 1591168546 1591168767 1591169593 1591169275 1421500647 1421500825 1421501961 1421502763 1421503387 1421504073 1421506734 1421506742 1421506750 KANZENBAN RELEASE: VOL # JAPAN ISBN 01 978-4088741505 02 978-4088741512 03 978-4088741529 04 978-4088741536 05 978-4088741543 06 978-4088741550 07 978-4088741567 08 978-4088741574 09 978-4088741581 10 978-4088741598 11 978-4088741604 12 978-4088741611 13 978-4088741628 14 978-4088741635 15 978-4088741642 16 978-4088741659 17 978-4088741666 18 978-4088741673 19 978-4088741680 20 978-4088741697 21 978-4088741703 22 978-4088741710 AMERICAN ISBN 1421520737 1421520745 1421520753 1421520761 142152077X 1421520788 .

But nevertheless. this question is often asked because they hear how old Kenshin is and are wondering about the rest. [Note: all names are listed in the Japanese way--last name then first] During the 11th year of Meiji (1878). Cole Jake Daniels Michael McConnohie Abe Lasser John Smallberries David Umansky Dave Mallow Lex Lang Steve Kramer HOW OLD ARE THE CHARACTERS IN THE FIRST ARC (THE "TOKYO ARC")? Strangely. here we go. Gensai Japanese VA Suzukaze Mayo Fujitani Miki Tominaga Mina Ueda Yuji Mika Doi Tomo Sakurai Yoshito Yasuhara Hirotaka Suzuoki Shuichi Ikeda Ikeda Masanori Ryuzanji Sho Noriko Hidaka Nishikawa Ikuo Takemoto Hideshi Hara Yasuyoshi Nojima Akio Iizuka Shozo Matsuno Taiki Ohtsuka Akio Yashima Norito Shioya Yoku English VA Richard Hayworth Dorothy Melendrez Elyse Floyd Alexis Lang Jane Alan Debra Cunningham Terry Roberts (8-11). So here’s the list. aka when the Tokyo Arc starts: Himura Kamiya Myojin Sagara Takani Kenshin Kaoru Yahiko Sanosuke Megumi 28 17 10 19 22 . [Character-related Questions] WHO PROVIDES THE VOICES FOR THE CHARACTERS? This section is probably going to be a "work in progress" much like the character translation list because of how many there are. Note that this list reflects the SERIES. Character Name Himura Kenshin Kamiya Kaoru Myoujin Yahiko Sagara Sanosuke Takani Megumi Makimachi Misao Shinomori Aoshi Saitou Hajime Seijurou Hiko Shishio Makoto Usui Soujirou Seta Saizuchi Henya Yukuyama Anji Hannya Hyottoko Beshimi Udou Jin-e Iwanbou Dr.28. Terrence Stone (33+) Sparky Thornton Richard George Steven Jay Blum James Lyon Tara Jayne George C. not the OAVs or the movie.

" Others believe that this idea is ridiculous and that Kenshin had a last name even if he wasn’t allowed to use it. Himura Kenshin .Hope of the Snow Yukishiro Enishi . hence Himura would be his real name from the very start. Watsuki-sensei has given all of his characters great names.Protectors of the New IS "HIMURA" KENSHIN’S REAL LAST NAME? Short answer: maybe.Luck/Reason of the Snow Shishio Makoto . only nobles and samurai (etc) were allowed to have surnames. he names him "Kenshin" (Heart of Sword).Heart of Sword from the Red Village (Kenshin alone stands for "Heart of Sword") Myoujin Yahiko .First Master of the Shield ("Hajime" means beginning or first) Yukishiro Tomoe .29. There’s two possibilities. This section will probably be updated at a later time. The other is that by becoming a Hitokiri for the Ishin Shishi he classified as a low-ranking Samurai and thus earned the right to have a surname. When Hiko met Kenshin and changed his name from Shinta. Kenshin is definitely no different. Here’s why.Ambition of Truth that Preaches Hyotoko . . and here’s an incomplete list of the major ones. If you notice that your favorite character is missing. since he’s referred to as "Himura-san" when he was in the Ishin Shishi and after. Kenshin mentioned that his parents were farmers. Because Kenshin’s parents were just farmers he would not have a surname. Back in that time era.New Chosen Group Ishin Shishi . It is not made clear whether or not this is the case. You can make your own decision. One is that he was given a surname because he was the number one Hitokiri. WHAT DO THE VARIOUS NAMES IN KENSHIN MEAN? As we all know. Japan is infamous for giving their anime characters names that either reflect their personality or their ambitions. Both are just "best guesses.Full of Virtue and Skill (surname is ’bright spirit/bright god’) Takani Megumi . There is NO mention of Himura anywhere (even when Kenshin told Hiko his name). The question lies in how he obtained one. it’s probably because I am unable to translate it into anything that makes any sense.Fireman (or perhaps "man who uses fire") Shinsengumi .Carrying Blessing Saitou Hajime .

.30. WHAT STYLE DOES KENSHIN PRACTICE? IS IT REAL? Himura Kenshin practices Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu. Sanosuke wears the kanji for "bad" (or "evil" or "wicked" but it’s all relatively the same) on his back. WHAT IS THAT HUGE SWORD SANO USES? DOES HE EVER USE IT AGAIN? That sword is called a Zanbatou. Basically it was a weapon designed to take down enemy’s horses (hence why they’re so big and thick). I don’t recall seeing any official statement about it from Watsuki Nobuhiro though. Because of their weight it’s extremely unlikely that anyone would use it as Sano does in the series. And yes. WHAT DOES THAT SYMBOL ON SANOSUKE’S JACKET MEAN? In case you missed the meaning during the series. he does use it again but only in the manga (read the Jinchuu Arc to find out when/how/why he uses it again). but Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu is fake. Like a lot of techniques and story used in RUROUNI KENSHIN. There’s various theories. Red has a traditional meaning of determination (and love) but there’s other people who feel that Kenshin wears red to remind himself of all the murders he committed in his youth and to never kill again. WHO OR WHAT IS ZANZA? Zanza is Sanosuke’s "gangster" name that he went by after the downfall of the Sekihoutai up until his first defeat with Kenshin. it is BASED on reality. There are techniques within that style that could have easily been used in Japan. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT RED KEIKOGI KENSHIN WEARS? The reasons for Kenshin to wear the red keikogi (the top "gi" type of clothing he wears) has been up for debate for awhile.

Why does Kenshin just hang there waiting to be killed by Shishio’s sword at his throat? The anime drags that part out a little longer than it does in the manga. talks.* . I also believe that Kenshin was a bit confused or surprised.. I was reminded that Kenshin was able to sense Sano’s kenki (fighting spirit) back in episode four. It’s probably done like that for dramatic effect. My best guess. while Yahiko and Kaoru miss seeing Kenshin. so such a skill wasn’t completely dormant. In the anime he grabs Kenshin. and Y&K were behind Aoshi. Since Misao was behind Kenshin. is there any rational reason (besides the plot needed him not to) why doesn’t Kenshin fight back? Shishio is holding him with his right hand. which in effect blocks his own sword from defending against the sword in Kenshin’s left hand. and what I will believe unless I hear otherwise. Another guess is that he was just unable to detect him because there were so many people on the street. Misao races by Aoshi without seeing him. In the manga it’s almost instantaneous (he grabs Kenshin. WHAT ILLNESS DOES KENSHIN HAVE IN SEISOUHEN? *Note: This question is a spoiler for SeisouHen. WHY DOESN’T KENSHIN FIGHT BACK WHEN SHISHIO HOLDS HIM? The actual question was this: When Shishio has Kenshin by the throat just before he ignites his glove.31. He’s left himself wide open. is that Kenshin only sensed Aoshi behind closed doors because he had trained with Hiko and awakened some dormant skills within himself. If you haven’t seen the OAV you might want to skip this question until you have. then Kenshin realizes it and then the explosion. However. WHY DOESN’T KENSHIN SEE AOSHI WHEN PASSING HIM ON THE STREETS OF KYOTO? The actual question was this: In Kyoto. Kenshin realizes it’s gunpowder then BOOM! He doesn’t have time to really react).wouldn’t you be if he grabbed you through the flames with a sword aimed at your throat in addition to smelling something familiar right under your nose? He didn’t have time to react. doesn’t that mean that Kenshin and Aoshi also had to have passed each other without being aware? How could Kenshin have missed him on the street when he can sense his presence behind a closed door? There is no definitive answer. I mean.

it’s her dojo and he’s basically staying for free. He knew that if his breath had been seen he wouldn’t stand a chance (as if he did anyway!) so he eats snow to lower his body temp to hide his breath. but they don’t show him in full unless you read the manga. he keeps himself in shape by doing that in addition to paying Kaoru back. He doesn’t want to be a freeloader. Why? Because a warm mouth in a cold environment produces visible breath. After all. Second. Just for fun. Great deal if you ask me.html WHY DOES THAT NINJA IN TSUIOKUHEN EAT SNOW? In the fourth part of TsuiokuHen a ninja crams snow into his mouth while waiting for his moment to attack Kenshin. anyone who has seen old Japanese kung-fu flicks knows that doing housework like that is a great way to keep your muscles in shape. This baffles a lot of people but if you think about it logically it isn’t that hard to understand. Gambit.32. he wants to help Kaoru out. You can see his arm briefly in the last part of TsuiokuHen if you look carefully. By the looks of the rash on his arms he’s currently in the second stage. who appears in the Jinchuu Arc of the manga only. Left untreated it can develop mental illness. First. blindness. neurological problems. He does it to lower his temperature. They never mention it exactly. heart disease and death. The ninja is up against the greatest Hitokiri to ever emerge in Japan and a ninja relies heavily on NOT being seen. In the second stage. WHICH CHARACTER WAS BASED ON A SPIDER-MAN CHARACTER? That is Yatsume Mumyouni. So in other words. WHY DOES KENSHIN DO ALL THE HOUSE WORK? IS KAORU JUST LAZY OR WHAT? Kenshin does the house work for two reasons (that I can see). but it looks very similar to syphilis. All of these symptoms (minus heart disease) describe Kenshin’s last hours exactly. Jin-E was based on another Marvel character---you guessed it. You can read more about it on Yahoo! health: http://health. rashes appear on the hands or soles of the feet within three to six weeks of initial infection.

Saitou relies on tricking his opponent into getting close enough to use the "Gatotsu Zeroshiki" Name: Futae no Kiwami Users: Sano. Anji Notes: Anji was the first to invent this technique and thus he’s a master of it. . Also note that there is a section later in this FAQ dedicated to the various techniques within each style. By that I mean. Name: Hiten Mitsurgui Ryuu Users: Kenshin. WHAT ARE THE STYLE NAMES AND WHO USES THEM IN THE SERIES? This would turn out to be quite a huge list if I were to list them all. it relies on fooling their senses or tricking them into being hit. Hiko. cutting and burning the victim at the same time. I’ll try to list the main ones that people want to know. Name: Tenbu no Sai Niyoru Ken Users: Soujirou Notes: Soujirou only has two named attacks. Examples of this are Jissen Kenbu (the liquidtype flowing movement that fools the viewer into thinking there’s more than one person). He can perform it with any part of his body (scary thought). Name: Satsu Jin Ken Users: Shishio Notes: Fire! Fire! All of the techniques are based on creating fire. Still. and Onmyou Hasshi (the technique of throwing both kodachis but making it appear as if there’s only one) Name: Gatotsu Users: Saitou Notes: Just a forward strike with real power. Name: Kodachi Nittou Ryuu Users: Aoshi (and presumably the man who taught Aoshi) Notes: This style relies on tricking people. Amakusa Shougo Notes: This style relies heavily on speed and most of the techniques within reflect that. and later adapts it to his own needs. Shukuchi (moving at such a speed that he becomes invisible to the naked eye) and Shuntensatsu (combining Battoujutsu with Shukuchi to create an INSTANT KILL technique) Name: Watoujutsu Users: Enishi Notes: This is a more Chinese-related style and the entire purpose of it was to counter and utterly eradicate Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu.33. Sano isn’t too bad at it either.

Tsukayama Yutarou Notes: Kaoru’s father created this style. Shinai (bamboo Shinai (bamboo sword) Kikuichimonji-norimune Nagasone Kotetsue. Here’s a list of what the different characters used. WHAT ARE ALL THE TECHNIQUES OF [THE VARIOUS STYLES IN] RUROUNI KENSHIN? Check out the last section of this FAQ for the answers you seek. Name: Kamiya Kasshin Ryu Users: Kaoru. . Yahiko.Bokken (wooden sword).34. Kikuichimonji-norimune Katana [double] Kodachi Kunais Tonfu Batons/Nunchaku-Nenji Kashiwazaki Iron Claws poison darts Iron Ball (ball & chain) Flaming breath Mugenjin (*brother sword to the Sakabatou) Jinbei/Rouchin (spear/turtle shell) knife (dagger) Bombs & Knives Katanas of various types (he’s a sword Kusari Gama (Scythe w/ball & chain) a freakin huge sword Shirasaya/Katana Metal claws Watou HOW MANY MEN DID KENSHIN KILL IN HIS LIFETIME? I don’t think it’s ever said how many men Kenshin has killed total. Its focus is not to kill or maim an opponent.Sakabatou (reverse blade) . Himura Kenshin Sagara Sanosuke Kamiya Kaoru sword) Myojin Yahiko Souji Okita Seta Soujirou Saitou Hajime Shinomori Aoshi Makimachi Misao Okina Hannya Beshimi Shikijou Hyottoko Shishio Makoto Uonuma Usui Yukyuzan Anji Kariwa Henja Sawagejou Cho collector) Honjo Kamatari Fuji Seijuro Hiko Iwambo Yukishiro Enishi .Zanbatou . WHAT ARE THE WEAPONS THE CHARACTERS USED NAMED? A lot of weapons in Rurouni Kenshin are based on real weapons.

the weight of the opponent and the upward force of the sword combine to sever the head right below the jaw. Sano had used the Futae no Kiwami a lot. WHY DID SANO’S FIST BREAK WHEN HE USED THE FUTAE NO KIWAMI ON SHISHIO’S FACE? Because Watsuki wanted to show off how strong Shishio was. This would work perfectly of course. his left hand should be sliced right off. how does he do it?? So to answer this question. The blade is supported by the hilt and the palm of the left hand. The force behind that attack is tremendous. It was mentioned that he killed a hundred people in just six months. in the manga. Assuming that the inner edge of the sakabatou is even *reasonably* sharp [which it is. plus we know he killed quite a number of assassins and more after that.. Used repeatedly like that can cause a lot of damage. it’s not the sharp or dull edge. it’s flat. burnfist23 of the RKFaq LJ community adds this: "It’s most likely because of the strain he put on his right hand.. he’s lifting several hundred pounds of weight. so using it multiple times can really strain his arm. We can assume it’s a lot.. .. pressed against the back of the blade. especially against Anji. Most of the characters are based on actual Shinsengumi members.35.. is my answer. I have only one theory: it look like he holds the blade flat. If that’s the case. though. So. Other inspirations are: X-men/Marvel characters and Samurai Spirits (known as Samurai Shodown in America). he never killed another person. After he stopped being a Hitokiri.. By this I mean. it’s sharp enough to slice a cannon ball in half -ed]. WHY DOESN’T KENSHIN GET CUT USING RYUU SHOU SEN? The actual question reads: With Ryuu Shou Sen. then he’d be able to use that technique without slicing his hand off or causing serious damage to his opponent. Wouldn’t Kenshin slice his left hand off? For instance. when he performs Ryuu Shou Sen on Senkaku. and half of this weight must be distributed on his left hand. except. WHAT WERE WATSUKI’S INSPIRATIONS FOR HIS CHARACTERS? The first and foremost was the Shinsengumi. Plus he can only use his right hand.with a Sakabatou.

it is her’s. then it’s an empty tomb set up just for remembrances. Kenshin also says his goodbye to her in this chapter. In any case. As for Shishio. If they didn’t. but seeing as how I can’t find anything about him other than his name. we realize that the old man had. . who thanks her). well Anji was able to take a full Futae no Kiwami even without the Kiwami Hazushi and Shishio can pretty much live through anything. In English it would be translated closely to "huh?" or just a sound of surprise ("eh?" "ah!" that sort of thing). In addition. I can’t recall if they ever showed Tomoe’s body being burned. [Word or Phrase Questions] ORO? WHAT THE HECK? Oro is a word that was created as a way for Kenshin to show confusion and surprise. Later. he was a relatively well-known comedian. It is similar to the word "ara" which means the same thing. Kagebu adds the following: Watsuki derived it from a comedian at the time named Shimura Kens (whose name in romanji also seems to have maybe had an influence in Watsuki-sensei’s creating Kenshin’s name). In any case. in chapter 251. Sano’s hand was wounded and Shishio is just as tough as Anji. so it didn’t work. WHOSE TOMB DOES KENSHIN VISIT IN EPISODE 62? It’s Tomoe’s tomb. Kenshin and Tomoe’s father both visit the tomb. The old man even says that he’s going to Kyoto to visit his daughter’s tomb (see chapter 225). it seems the word "oro" means "gold" in several other languages. well." In other words. visited the tomb (he placed her hair pins at the grave).36. in front of her gave (along with Kaoru. If they did. Shimura Ken’s catchphrase was his "oro". indeed. The proof is in the manga. it’s possible they moved her body to the grave before he burned the hut. I don’t know in what way this catchphrase was used.

WHAT IS THAT SAYING KENSHIN (AND HIKO) SAY? You’ll hear Kenshin say this in episode 1 (and again in various flashback forms) and Hiko reminds Kenshin of it later in the series.37. SOKU. Basically he took two words and combined them together: ’ronin’ which means ’masterless samurai’ and ’ru’ which means to ’float or wander. it means: A sword is a weapon for killing. Whatever kinds of pretty words or titles you use." spiel is drawn more loosely/sloppy. Here it is." A literal translation is "people slayer. Zan. zan. this word is the sole creation of Watsuki." MEAN? Translated." This is the code that Saitou lived by. It gives it an appearance that it’s a different symbol. translated it as "manslayer. however. ARE THE KANJI FOR ’AKU’ DIFFERENT FOR SANO’S JACKET AND SAITOU’S "AKU. Translated. that is the only truth. They are the same Kanji. ZAN. Donna kireigotoya odaimoku wo kuchi ni shite mo. but if you actually compare them you will see that they are one and the same." simply means "kill evil instantly" or perhaps "if you see corruption or evil. Ken wa kyouki." The dub. the phrase "Aku. soku. only the way they drew it for Saitou’s whole "aku. WHAT DOES "HITOKIRI" MEAN? Roughly translated it means "assassin. slay (kill) it instantly. There is a debate whether Watsuki-sensei invented this himself or if the true Shinsengumi followed this motto in their everyday lives." WHAT DOES "AKU. Kenjutsu wa satsujin-jutsu. Kenjutsu is the art of killing. WHAT DOES "RUROUNI" MEAN? IT’S NOT IN ANY DICTIONARY! Once again. ZAN." .’ Put together it basically implies a "wandering swordsman. SOKU." ? No. Soku. sore ga shinjitsu.

In this case. This is one way that Watsuki-sensei helped to show the difference between the Rurouni and Hitokiri." While I suppose this is one way of doing it." You’ll hear Kenshin say "that it is" a lot during the dub and it sounds out of place (and sometimes annoying).well." "Sai" however is a little trickier to understand." . Note that because there really isn’t an English equivalent. however. "Gozaru" is a way to end a sentence and is another way of saying "-da/-desu/-de aru" and means "to be.38. But the original intent of having Kenshin say this at the end of his lines is to help show the difference between Rurouni and the Hitokiri. The dub decided to go with "that it/he/she/they is/are." Translating it into English is a little tricky and makes the sentence sound kind of. WHAT DOES "BATTOUSAI" MEAN? Battousai is a special nickname given to Kenshin because he was a master of the Battoujutsu (partly because of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu style he learned). the kanji is used as a nickname or could be translated as "lord" or "master. a lot of companies and fans have translated the word as "this one. Broken down. who am not worthy.. WHAT DOES THE PHRASE "DE GOAZARU NA" MEAN? If you listen to the Japanese version of RUROUNI KENSHIN you will hear Kenshin often say the phrase "de gozaru" at the end of his lines. "Battou" means simply "to draw one’s sword. especially in the case of battle. The Hitokiri side of Kenshin would never use any form of "gozaru." It’s a super formal version of the word and lowers yourself in comparison to everyone else." WHAT DOES THE WORD "SESSHA" MEAN? The word Sessha is another way of saying "I" however the way Kenshin uses it is sort of saying "I.funky. I don’t feel that this is conveying the same meaning and just sounds odd in conversation.. The Hitokiri side of Kenshin would never use that word.

’mystic’. WHAT ARE THE NINE TYPES OF CUTS IN KENJUTSU THAT HIKO NAMES? Hiko gives a review to Kenshin about the basic cuts in Kenjutsu. there are several symbols lit on the side of a mountain to send the spirits of the dead back to the afterlife.39. The first is the Chinese character dai.stroke to the right arm Hidari Kiriage . which means ’great’ and symbolizes the universe.upward stroke between the legs Tsuiki .stroke that pierces at the shortest range to the chest [Character-related Info] ." I’m going to go ahead and assume that it’s the same in both anime and manga. The ceremony ends with a fire in the shape of a ship (symbolizing the boats bearing the souls of the dead to the shores of the otherworld) and then one in the shape of a torii (a Shinto archway). Every August in Kyoto. WHAT IS THAT GIANT SYMBOL (KANJI) THAT IS BURNING TOWARDS THE END OF THE 4TH PART OF TSUIOKUHEN? The kanji in question is the kanji that means "Dai".stroke to the left arm Migi Nagi . ’doctrine’ or ’law’.stroke to the left wrist Migi Kiriage .slantwise downward stroke to the left shoulder Sakagesa . This is followed by the characters myo.downward stroke to the head Kesagiri . These are it: Karatake .stroke to the right wrist Sakakaze . WHAT IS WRITTEN ON HOJI’S JAIL CELL IN EP 61? In the manga he has written the following: "With no regrets for this world. I go to join Lord Shishio in hell. or ’miracle’ and ho.slantwise downward stroke to the right shoulder Hidari Nagi .

Other than this. I think the Hitokiri’s inflexibility was not meaningless. Though He was born in Komori Family in Kumamoto. but his honor for the comrades he fought and killed with and the enemies he killed. (When there was a big earthquake and all people were running away. I didn t have any particular design for the character. . He changed his name further into Takada Genbe." Hitokiri Kawakami Gensai Past Komori Genjiro. that scar actually became a key point in the transformation of Battousai to Kenshin (or so it seems). and he was accepted by many people. Whether he was responsible for other assassinations is still a mystery. THE MAKINGS OF HIMURA KENSHIN "The original model was supposed to be the Hitokiri Kawakami Gensai. and the mystery of Saitou Hajime. He was famous for cutting down Kuma Shouzan in broad daylight with his unique. In desperation. and literature and swordsmanship were learned by Todoroki Muhe. He didn’t get the permission of his clan though he tried to do overseas inspection to know the circumstance of foreign countries. a study of the soldier was learned by Miyabe Teizo. his jaw and cheekbone was sharp.40. and became a Buddhist priest. calculating man said to be the most terrible of the four. And. he extinguished the fire of a brazier. .) Kawakami Gensai. so I tried to draw the exact opposite and ended up with a girl (laughs). one of the four great Hitokiris of the Bakumatsu. This thought led to the Kenshin character. After the new era was brought in. . but his nature was the complete opposite of his appearance: he was a cold. and he was tried on false charges and executed in the fourth year of the Meiji era (1871). Then. He was short. could be mistaken for a girl at first glance. But after looking into it. He was always calm and he was unyielding. The hero of my debut story was a tall handsome man with black hair and armor. lightning-fast Furanui style of kenjutsu. I added a cross-shaped scar on his left cheek . (oh well. his ideas about isolationism conflicted with that of the government s. but now they re completely different . he changed his name into Kawakami Gensai(Hitokiri-Gensa). he became a foster-child of Kawakami Family. I also took the selflessness of Okita Soushi of the Shinsengumi. he was very gentle. Buddhist priest’s position was convenient to study. However. From others in the Shinsengumi. It was said that it was regrettable that He’s a Buddhist.

helping people to atone for all the people he had killed. He has red hair gathered in a ponytail and a scar like a cross on his left cheek which is how people can tell he is the infamous "Hitokiri Battousai" (roughly translates to something like "Assassin who is a master of [the art of] sword drawing"). he fought to overthrow the shogunate together with "shishi of kinno" which his mind was suitable for. One of his common sayings is "Oro" a version of "Ara". and using the polite verb "gozaru" at the end of his sentences) with a strong sense of right and wrong. If a foreign circumstance can’t be known. were outlawed during the Meiji. there was a warrior called Hitokiri Battousai.41. only knock them unconscious) because he has vowed to himself never to kill again and uses the sword technique called "Hiten Mitsuryugi Ryuu"("Strike of the Flying Dragon").(The government completely changed a policy suddenly.) Then. Then. After the start of Meiji in the 1800s. What his reputation as Battousai doesn’t include is his very short height and slightly feminine voice. He carries a "sakabatou" (a sword with the blade reversed so he cannot kill his opponents. he became bothering existence for new government because his thought wasn’t changed after the Restoration. and he recommended the thought of "Sonno-jyoi(Reverence for the Emperor and expulsion of the foreigner)". which often makes his opponents underestimate him. many battles were finished. At this time. (The incident that a Sakuma Syouzan was assassinated at midday is famous. He got this name during the upheaval before the Meiji Restoration." Age 28.) Then. he didn’t have the crime which was worth the death penalty. disappeared at the conclusion of the bloodshed. and He succeeded in overthrowing the shogunate admirably. who paved the way for the new Meiji era with these bloody battles. in the whirlpool of Kyoto violence that began with Perry s landing in Japan. he thought that he should exile a foreigner from Japan. However. Kenshin has a very gentle and polite nature (referring to himself as "sessha" which roughly means "this clumsy person". With the passage of time he became a legend. Who is Himura Kenshin One hundred and forty years ago. he was killed by the follower of "Kido Takayoshi" who was gensai’s company. known simply as "the strongest. Though he killed many people. He is often chased by police for carrying a sword. This man. a clear record about his assassination does not exist. when his fighting skills were unsurpassed. he gave up his assassin ways and became a "rurouni" or wanderer. .

though.3 thrusts delivered so quickly at the opponent. He coughed up blood several gonball-af/id61. However.htm. usually at the neck and the right and left shoulders. almost as if he were a different person. it’s true!) the sword he used is the one used by Soujirou in his last battle with Kenshin. . besides being a child prodigy at kenjutsu . shortly after the formation of the Shinsengumi. and also reverts to regular casual speech. though he would not let the others know. Famous for his "3-piece thrust" . In these instances he seems almost superhuman in his fighting ability. Another handsome total knockout. Mibu Wolf Born-1842 Style of Kenjutsu-Tennen Rishin Ryu Background: Probably the best-known and popular Shinsengumi figure. this technique was improvised from the one invented by Hijikata.42. length 2’4"2. Like Saito. he yields a katana.maigo-chan. I think his struggling to deal with his hitokiri nature makes him the most interesting character of the series which I guess is why I am writing so much about him in this description. using "ore" instead of "sessha" is one of the ways Kaoru realized Kenshin was not his normal easygoing self during the fight with Jin-e. and was an accomplished swordsman at 15 or so.html SOUJI OKITA Captain of the First Unit of the Shinsengumi) Nickname-Soushi. the Kikuichi Norimune. this nature could be a mask for his violent hitokiri nature which seems to resurface whenever he is faced with a tough opponent or other extreme circumstances.tripod.he joined Kondou’s dojo at 9. Strongest swordsman in the Shinsengumi. for Okita contracted Tuberculosis. (yes. Former name Soujirou. Tragedy struck. source info sites http://www. an incurable disease in those times. bokken and shinai equally well.

however.) One is the way he is represented in "Burning Sword:" Hijikata with great combat instincts who fought until death (this is the Hijikata I m a fan of.43. However as time went on. ( Some Believe The Punisher is the origin for the coat. Okita went into a tuberculosis hospital in Edo. I tried to go back and fix it. is the Hijikata that Aoshi is based on. . his bangs got longer. He passed away on 30/5/1868. the image of Hijikata became looser. Other than this model. and Aoshi naturally grew out of the Shinsengumi s Hijikata Toshizou. It was then that Kondou and Hijikata knew of his disease. aged 25. all 3 agreed that news of Okita’s disease should not be widely known.)" Hijikata Toshizou Past Ok i had to cut his past by quite a bit if you want the full story check here. But. How Aoshi. But. THE MAKINGS OF SHINOMORI AOSHI "Even when I wrote the paragraph about Beshimi. and although I was glad that Aoshi would appear.html 1835-1869 . lest it dragged down the members’ But the Hijikata who killed his gentler feelings. fought until death we won t give away here. but used one from my sketchbook. there are two ways that Hijikata is portrayed in books and novels (if you re a fan of the Shinsengumi I think you ll understand. and Hijikata 9?). and even by then the doctor had already predicted that he would not live long. . but it would have made you laugh (hey!) so I left it how it was. but it won t be long until he reappears. I was in trouble because I had no idea what he looked.chthonian. Both were distressed over this. for they were like elder brothers to Okita (did I mention that Kondou was 10 years Okita’s senior. However. During the Ikeda-ya affair. The coat I took from that popular American comic . I was just adding the Oniwabanshuu impromptu to the story. who played the role of a demon and cried within his heart. like Hijikata. my beloved Shinsengumi came to mind. After the Boshin war. I didn t have any particular design. and fainted after he coughed up a shocking amount of blood. First year of Meiji. http://www. more in the modern style. as models for the Oniwabanshuu. who buried his human weakness. his situation suddenly spiraled down (perhaps because of the cold night and the vicious battle).

However. When they heard in 1863 that masterless samurai ( roshi ) were being enlisted under Bakufu samurai to fight against the shishi." ^. thirteen of them went to Kyoto. the Daimyo of Aizu. Instantly. But Serizawa and Niimi basically were abusing their status as protectors of Kyoto and basically tarnishing the reputation of the entire Shinsengumi.Hijikata was initially one of the vice-captains under three joint captains: Kondo. They held to that strict moral code Saitou keeps harping about in RK from then on. and ordered him to commit were DEAD.44. They gathered initially at the village of Mibu. the Shinsengumi was called the Roushigumi.^^ ) Hijikata investigated and found enough evidence to convict Niimi.. and Kondo became the sole Captain. it’s apparently called ’Nosada’ which is technically incorrect. . Serizawa Kamo ( the model for Shishio ^^ ) and Niimi Nishiki. " In the beginning. whoring. the works. next to that of Kondo Isami. ) Hijikata Toshizou started his career at the Shieikan dojo near Edo (Tokyo). learning the Tennen Rishin Ryuu (along with Okita Souji) from Kondo Shusuke ( Kono Isami’s adoptive father? ). ^^ Hijikata was especially feared as "the demon of the Shinsengumi" because he was so merciless when it came to enforcing the law. so the Mibu-roshi became the "Miburo. forming thus the Shinsengumi. Seppuku was the only option given to them. Vice-Captain of the Shinsengumi died from a gunshot wound in 1869 at the age of 34 memorial gravestone stands near Itabashi Station in Tokyo. with Hijikata as his vice-captain. and you were stopped and couldn’t produce sufficient ID. Then Serizawa and his rowdy followers were assassinated by a group of people including Okita. and its leader was Kiyokawa Hachirou. And it was THIS guy who wanted his Roushigumi to become Ishin Shishi.. led by Serizawa Kamo and Kondo Isami disagreed with Kiyokawa and parted ways with him.( If you were just walking the streets of Kyoto. drinking.. the head of the Shinsengumi Sword: Izuminokami Kanesada (2’8") ( in novels. " The Shinsengumi that we all think of when we hear the name was was formed by those 13 roshi. ( fighting. . passed their entrance exams ^^ (basically a kenjutsu skills test ) and were appointed "Defenders of Kyoto" by Matsudaira Katamori. a group of 13 people. extortion. ) Hijikata was also completely merciless when it came to desertion or traitors.

too.. Aoshi was proclaimed a genius and a prodigy and was made commander of the Oniwabanshu at age 15. . ( and it was his old friend. he had his softer side. I liked him too. there was no longer any need for their services. stormy temper. ending up as bodyguards for Takeda Kanryu. Raised by the Oniwabanshu Weapon: two kodachi (a short sword). With the end of the Bakumatsu. Of course. Tankoubon 3 (manga) Traits: Serious and unsmiling but calm and cool under and put him in RuroKen as Sanosuke. but there’s even a legend about him. Harada Sanosuke. was present at every battlefield where the destiny of the Shinsengumi was decided. perhaps because of his humble origins. He was known as one of the five most handsome men of the Shinsengumi (although.. telling how he survived to become a bandit chief. The model for Sanosuke is the captain of the tenth unit of the Shinsengumi.45. so Aoshi and the remaining Oniwabanshu set out to try their luck in the world. kenpo Skills First Appearance: Episode 8 (anime). He loved to fight.html http://www. . according to my bible. He is said to have died on the battlefield of the Ueno War. When one of the founding members of the Shinsengumi ( and his old friend!! ) Yamanami Keisuke tried to escape from the Shinsengumi in 1865.) and a spearwielder of great strength. Judging his likes and dislikes.htm THE MAKINGS OF SAGARA SANOSUKE "If you’re a fan of the Shinsengumi.geocities. Looking from the eyes of the people of the time.. Hijikata ordered Okita to bring him back and then forced Yamanami to commit seppuku. He thought a great deal of his unit and took care of those beneath him. he seems like the older brother type from a boy’s magazine. SITES FOR SORCE INFORMATION http://www.) Okashira Shinomori Aoshi The Charcter: Full Name: Aoshi Shinomori Age: 26 Height: 189 cm Weight: 72 kg Date of birth: January 1853 Zodiac sign: Aquarius Place of birth: Kyoto Blood Type: Family: None living. he must have been a very romantic figure. you guessed it at a glance. [a novel by Shiba Ryoutarou] he was sort of fat .org/rk4_30. . ’Burning Sword’. and had a rough. But.maigo-chan.

I’ve seen all kinds of different kanji for ’Sanosuke. but recently he’s also become the Most Likely Character to Have His Name Misspelled. ’Hey.". you had the choice of *not* marrying a girl even if you’d slept with her. just in case.)" Harada Sanosuke’s Past According to Watsuki and the historical novels. but held no official rank. Harada was the servant of some bushis. Harada married his girl. I changed it around a little. and it became the real Sano. hey. he joined the Shogitai.) He was also a man who didn’t like to fuss. However. Sagara Sanosuke The Character AGE 19 Sanosuke used to follow a group called the Sekihoutai. he really took care of those under him. They were used as "a voice of the government. and did things the way he saw it. (I got the artist’s permission. where he became a bandit. The Sekihoutai were setup by the Ishin govt. His favourite weapon was the spear.’ and wanted to say. but everyone keeps saying so (I love the manga.. According to Watsuki. this was a group of swordsmen who acted as a militia during the battle to westernize Japan. One interesting point here: the members of the Shinsengumi frequented the brothels (hey they *were* humans with biological needs too! Just that Serizawa was carrying it way too far) but they seldom attached themselves to the girls. "which the Ishin government. however . he’s not a ninja!’ but by now I’ve kind of given up. however. from ’Arabian Lamp Lamp. Maybe it’s because of the hair. for in those days. Lamp. as you know. which Kenshin was a part of. Harada died in the Ueno War. "When I did the design. Liked to brawl. . he survived the war and stowed-away to Manchuria. . (Really manly.something surprising considering his personality. They were executed for spreading false information.’ I even saw ’Sasuke. "I’m extremely happy Sano has become so popular.. and this lowly status caused him to have a weak side at times. I was doodling in my sketch book and drew my own Japanese-style Lamp. After he broke up with the others following the Shinsengumi defeat in the Bushin War. According to other sources.) My model for Sano was the main character. to take them as their legal wives. short-tempered and simply loved a fight.46. before he joined Kondou. but .’ During my assistant days. . China. I didn’t have a certain popular character in mind. the same troop in which Yahiko’s late father also took part. he’s almost the same as Sagara Sanosuke.

"What s Saitou doing selling the Hijikata family s Ishida Sanyaku?!" To put it simply. that was just a joke. he became a gangster . Saitou Hajime was a real person. so I ll keep quiet about the historical facts and the details about the plot. But unlike Sagara Souzou and Yamagata Aritomo. THE MAKINGS OF SAITOU HAJIME "There was no model. Kenshin finally manages to get him to understand that he has lived a life of destruction and is dishonoring the memory of his former master ." he’s never a simple good guy and always antagonistic to Kenshin and the others. but those who want to think of Saitou as handsome probably shouldn t look at it. told them to spread". He continues to wear the "BAD" symbol on his back to remind him of where he came from . "Other than the above I had no real design. And to those who protested that Akamatsu was nothing more than a bad joke. though. He sticks to Kenshin like glue and gets really pissed if Kenshin leaves him out of a fight. so I adapted him quite a bit.the Sekihoutai took the blame and were executed. Evil. but I like the way he s drawn as an aloof "dirty hero" who carries out his ideal of "Kill. Instantly. I gave him a villain s face. handsome man.47. I adapted him so much that I received letters in protest from fans of the Shinsengumi. I am very repentant. (There is a portrait. He still has a rebellious streak in him and holds a grudge against the new government. so . promises were made that could not be kept in order to insure that the people didn’t lose faith in the Ishin . It seems the fans of the Shinsengumi think of him as a gentle. but I got protest letters about this too. . though.) I also got letters saying. It s there. Sanosuke could not forgive the Ishin for what they had done.) Saitou just seems to get more and more popular. so I m really happy. Since he was introduced in the beginning as a bad guy. . he has a deep influence on the story. (I ve received protest letters before but Saitou’s gotten the most so far. The character Saitou is still part of the story.building his strength and breaking the laws of a government. placing all of the blame on him. . Sanosuke joins the others to protect others and to right the wrong he has done. but his extraordinary strength and stamina make up for his lack of caution. that killed his master and framed him as a traitor.taking away hope from innocent people for his revenge.he is stubborn and jumps into things with little thought. even though there isn t a single photograph left of him. He later does battle with Kenshin.

his origins seems a bit obscure. he finally passed away because of a stomach ulcer. or that his favorite food is soba. Saitou. One theory is that he’s the son of a was a motto of the whole Shinsengumi! He was also a great drinker! The creator of one Shinsengumi website stated that "he’s a different person when drunk". son of a Bakufu official. But getting so many letters about such little things actually makes me very sad. is real. And yeah. Shinsengumi fans.. Unfortunately. though there are other reports as to his birthday. His name. Can t you read this manga a little more forgivingly . In fact. anyone? .. this skill is even more destructive than Okita’s 3-piece thrust! In fact.San was no invention of Watsuki . Talk about a mystery guy. He entered the Shinsengumi "sponsored" by the Aizu han." *The Gatotsu isn t a real technique. First of all. .. when he served as one of Hijikata’s assistants. But the Shinsengumi s specialty. I still can’t verify that he smokes all the time. Itou Kashitarou and co. and that he’d come to Kyoto after accidentally killing a person in Edo. Saitou assassinated a lot of corrupted Shinsengumi members. under the name of Yamaguchi Jirou. Takeda Kanryuusai and others. everything about him that came out in RK (except Shishio and Kenshin. Hajime (meaning "one" or "start" as in another kanji") was because that he was born on the 1st day of the 1st month.. but I changed it around for a boy s magazine to be the Gatotsu. help. Another says he hailed from Edo. Seems to be a mysterious guy even in real life. I m a manga artist and only human.Zoku. that’s Watsuki-san’s creation). Saitou Hajime s special technique was the left-handed one-sword stab. together with Okita and Nagakura. (I’m not sure whether this refers to "I desire to kill once I’m drunk"). . Eg..htm Saitou Hajime’s Past Saitou Hajime (Captain of the Shinsengumi 3rd Troop) Saitou Hajime seems to have struck second fame in Japan following his appearance in RK! There are certainly a lot of info about him on the web. caused by excessive drinking.maigo-chan. the Hiratsuki. His most powerful sword skill is the "Left-hand single thrust" (but *not* Gatotsu. of course) is real history. were hailed as the 3 strongest swordsman of the Shinsengumi. I got a shock there! Right. Aku. source http://www. Yet another claims that he’s a son of the 12th Shogun?! and yet another says that he was a spy of the Aizu han placed in the early Roshitai.48.

Watsuki can really interweave fact and fiction!) Saitou worked as a guard of a museum in Tokyo when he was quite a senior citizen. his reputation as a cunning and merciless man proceed him in most situations. Kawaji Toshiyoshi. he joined the police troop with permission of carrying a sword to fight in the Seinan War. He’s sword technique is the Gatotsu. he changed his name and worked as a kendo instructor in a university. 4th year of Taisho. Pity I can’t understand his grandchild’s remarks in the Japanese homepage. After which he became a spy directly responsible to the Police Commissioner. he later became a government agent. was the daughter of an important Aizu official .49. Saitou Hajime is not someone to take lightly.html The Character Saitou Hajime or Fujita Gorou A man of many skills..htm . Saitou passed away on 27/9/1915. Tsutomu was born in the 9th year (1876).net/~nuriko/saitou. He posed as a medicine peddler when searching for Kenshin at the Kamiya Dojo.animedat. Hajime was another rival of Kenshin’s back when he was an assassin.the middle-man was none other than the Daimyo of Aizu himself! They (Saitou and Takagi Tokio) were married in the 6th year of Meiji (1873).maison-otaku. at the ripe old age of 72. he seemed to spend a lot of time thinking. the 10th year of Meiji. and their first son. Going by several names. (I was really shocked at this one. Anyway. Saitou did this under the name of Fujita Gorou..After the Ishin government was formed. Takagi Tokio. source http://www. he calls himself Fujita Gorou. Name: Saitou Hajime Height: 183cm Weight: 71kg Born: 1844 Birthdate: Sometime in January Birthplace: Tokyo Zodiac: Capricorn Bloodtype: O type Equipment: Japanese Sword (Sword of Mumei) Current Style: Mizoguchi haittouryuu source http://www. He is now a police Originally of the Shinsengumi group. Saitou’s fact. Also known as Mibu’s wolf. He is the leader of the 3rd squad of the Shinsengumi. In 1877.After his retirement. the one where Saigo Takamori rebelled against the Meiji government in Satsuma.

delivering a backhanded swing at the opponent.studiounmei. The speed from this attack can make landing difficult however. sending a shower of rocks towards them. It’s mainly used for those who won’t be taken out with simply one hit. usually towards their neck. then immediately bringing it towards the earth. HITEN MITSURUGI RYUU Do Ryuu Sen (Ground Dragon Flash): Used by raising the sword up. The Ryuu Kan Sen is a move best used as a counter-attack. rather than an initial move. Kaoru noted that Kenshin’s sakabatou seemed to ) for helping us out. repeated blows towards an opponent. Ryuu Sou Sen (Double Lair Flash): While performing this technique. [Technique List] This section will try to cover the various techniques that are used within the styles of RUROUNI KENSHIN. striking the blade with immense force against the ground. Ryuu Sou Sen Garami: A different version of the Ruyu Sou Sen. then using the force of the body turning to hit them in the neck. the tsumuji begins with an extremely fast lunge towards an opponent.’ Ryuu Kan Sen (Dragon Wind up Flash): Utilized when Kenshin is beside the opponent. Special thanks must be given to KENSHIN-GUMI ( http://www. in which the blows are directed at the neck. The Ryuu Sou Sen consists of extremely fast. Ryuu Kan Sen Tsumuji (Dragon windup flash hair spin): Another enhanced version of the Ryuu Kan Sen.50. the ’Garami’ kanji at the end of the skill simply means ’to attack at the head. Ryuu Tsui Sen (Dragon Mallet Flash): . Ryuu Kan Sen Kogarashi: The easiest way to describe this technique is that it is a more powerful version of the Ryuu Kan Sen. he then turns. the force of the strike will cause the ground to explode at the opponent.

then rises straight up.51. Arashi (Storm): Another technique Kenshin invented on the spot. Ryuu Shou Sen (Rising Dragon Flash): A rising attack. then descending towards your opponent. When the sword strike is blocked or evaded. Kenshin uses his saya for a second attack. hitting the sword towards the opponent’s neck. He curls himself into a ball. So the Sou Ryuu Sen is a two sword Battoujutsu. in which the blade is poised directly downward so that while descending. sending the sword flying like an arrow. Ryuu Tsui Shou Sen (Dragon Mallot rising flash): A combination of the Ryuu Tsui Sen and the Ryuu Shou Sen. holding it horizontally above his head. it cuts completely through an adversary. where Kenshin places his right hand against the bottom of his blade. Since the blade of Kenshin’s sword is reversed. his speed with any battoujutsu is slower than if he were using a normal katana. aiming the hilt at a vital point Sou Ryuu Sen (Paired Dragon Flash): Another of Kenshin’s battoujutsu techniques. Ryuu Tsui Sen Zan (Dragon Mallet Flash Cut): The more lethal version of the Ryuu Tsui Sen. . The technique begins like a normal battoujutsu. drawing the sword with immense speed from the saya. Sou Ryuu Sen Ikatsuchi (Paired Dragon Thunder Flash): A different version of the Sou Ryuu Sen taught to Kenshin by Hiko before the succession techniques. during a fight. it begins by leaping up. The Sou Ryuu Sen is Kenshin’s way of improvising for the slower speed of his sakabatou. spinning in a complete circle with his sword extended. The Ryuu Tsui Sen is the most frequently used technique in the series. where the user draws the sword out of the saya (sheath) quickly with the left hand. beginning with Kenshin descending downward with the Ryuu Tsui Sen. Hi Ryuu Sen (Flying Dragon Flash): A sprung sword technique. then immediately rising back up with the Ryuu Shou Sen for a double hit attack. using your weight and force of the landing to hammer the opponent towards the ground.

and landed in a slash on Kenshin’s back. instead of the sword. which strikes all 9 vital points at one time. at the last moment before the attack. right upward cut. . this technique is initiated by attacking with the saya first. Kuzu Ryuu Sen (9 headed dragon flash): "The types of attacks in kenjutsu--first. the Karatake (downward stroke). blocked blow. This move was only countered against once.52. the Tsuki. the stancesof defense were developed to correspond to these same nine points. there is no way to defend oneself against this technique. however. Kenshin put his left leg in front of his right leg before drawing his sword. the air is displaced by the power and impact of the first. the user would trap the other’s sword with the saya." -Hiko Seijuurou The Kuzu Ryuu Sen is the second most powerful technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu. This technique is most likely the one flawless technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu. shattering the air around the opponent and drawing the opponent in. Finally. Normally. Naturally. Unlike the normal Sou Ryuu Sen. and only in the manga. as noted by Soujirou. the stroke that pierces at the shortest range to the chest. the slantwise downward stroke to the shoulder. left upward cut. Kesagiri. The second blow uses the pent up force from the first to accelerate the blow. there is no possibility of defense. when using battoujutsu. one places the right leg in front of the left leg. Afterwards. Ryuu Mei Sen Only used once in the entire series. and the Sakakaze. right Nagi (belly stroke). by Seta Soujirou. left Nagi (reverse belly stroke). the Ryuu Mei Sen is a godspeed noutoujutsu (sword-sheathing techniques. Amakakeru Ryuu no Hirameki (Heaven’s Soaring Dragon Flash): The Amakakeru Ryuu no Hirameki is the most powerful technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi School. upward stroke. who moved faster than the speed of the Kuzu Ryuu Sen. If by any chance the initial blow is blocked. In all the schools there is no killing technique that does not aim for one of those nine points. But If you move with the godlike speed of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu and strike at all nine points at once. As Hiko stated. The highpitched sound of the sheath’s reverberations strike the opponent’s heightened senses and paralyze them. the Ryuu Mei Sen represents the scream of a dragon. reverse Kesagiri. Whereas all other attacks represent the fangs or claws of a dragon. the opposite of a battoujutsu). thus hitting them with a more powerful hit the second time around. and finish the attack with his own sword.

Gatotsu Zeroshiki (Gatotsu Zero Stance): Gatotsu done at a point blank range. But the Hiratsuki strike. but Watsuki decided to change it around for a boy’s manga.53. managed to split Usui into two different pieces. Gatotsu wasn’t used by the real Saitou Hajime in history. and head are the usual targets. his specialty was a left handed sword thrust. now to get into detail about Saitou’s fighting style. Gatotsu Nishiki (Gatotsu Second Stance): Used from the air to the ground. and the blade is longer than a nihontou. used from ground to air. meant to intercept the opponent from above. Enishi’s weapon in the manga is a mix between a nihontou (japanese sword) and a chinese sword. . It’s a refined stabbing technique. Well. WAS a real technique. cutting diagonally from above. Shuugeki Tou Sei: The technique begins with the tachi positioned so that the tip is pointed at the ground. the neck. and has different forms of the technique for different situations. in the televised series he was only pinned to the wall by it. It is a chinese styled kenjutsu used by Enishi in the manga series. shoulder.) WATOUJUTSU Watoujutsu literally means ’Ancient Japanese Sword Skill’. The Gatotsu stance itself is done by holding the blade by the hilt in the left hand. the extremely long blade used before the Sengoku era. it has more curvature. It is a style of Kenjutsu which mixes the speed and slashing style of a nihontou. The hilt design is ornate like a chinese sword. chest.) Then lead off with the right foot. his blade can be mainly classified as a tachi. Gatotsu Sanshiki (Gatotsu Third Stance): Anti-air move. with the flexible movements and strength techniques that are typical of chinese sword arts. MIZOGUCHI HIITOU RYUU Gatotsu (Mizoguchi Hiitou Ryuu) is the specialty of Saitou Hajime in the Rurouni Kenshin series. requiring no running start or visible leg power. but unlike a chinese sword. and poising the right hand above the kisaki (tip) of the blade (Kind of like a pool stick. enough on the historical references. Overall. (In the manga. the specialty of the Shinsengumi. which are as follows: Gatotsu Ishiki (Gatotsu First Stance): A straight forward attack. Very powerful.

Kaishi Tou Sei: A counter technique that begins with Enishi hammering the bottom of his tachi’s hilt against the blade of his opponent’s sword to stop an oncoming attack. Afterwards the weapon is swung upwards. with a destructive force similar to a tornado. the Shikkuu Tou Sei is one of Enishi’s simpler techniques. Sen Ran Tou Sei: This technique begins with Enishi poised in a crouch. The power of this attack is enough to easily shatter the trunk of a tree. blade extended. afterwards he begins to spin around towards his opponent. Shou Ha Tou Sei: This technique is similar to the Shuugeki Tou Sei in the manner that an extra hit is used to increase the power behind the strike. forcing the flat of the blade into his opponent’s stomach. Gou Tsui Tou Sei: This technique begins as a powerful thrust at an opponent’s midsection or chest. When the stab connects. Shikkuu Tou Sei: An attack used while airborne. overhand arc with one hand towards his adversary. tachi held upward at a diagonal angle. Chou Ten Tou Sei: An anti-air technique used as a follow-up in the event that the shou ha tousei misses. while using his other his other hand against the tsuba (sword guard) of his weapon. The kick itself serves to greatly amplify the force and speed behind what would be an a relatively slow and moderately powered swing. then swung forward to throw them forcefully from the blade. The Chou Ten Tou Sei begins with the tachi stuck in the ground. followed by a powerful kick to the reverse side of the blade. Enishi starts the technique by bringing the blade over his head while bringing his left hand up. left leg bent inward. The skill itself is initiated by Enishi spinning around repeatedly on his left foot to gain momentum for his attack. Kenshin stopped himself from being impaled by using his arm to take the brunt of the stab. . In the manga. and then leaps to the air while pulling the tachi itself from the ground by the cord attached to the hilt. Enishi then drags his weapon upwards using the cord. and then pivoting on one foot to send a swift thrust to the chest of his adversary. then he smacks his left hand against the blunt edge of the blade. proceeding to bring the blade forward once more in an almost whip-like manner. afterwards Enishi uses the bottom of the hilt as a stepping stone. The tachi is held behind Enishi and then swung in a powerful.54. right leg extended. as shown by Enishi in one of the later manga. the blade is then held vertically while the person remains on it. and both arms drawn.

Soujirou simply cannot be seen. To any ordinary person. it is slightly weaker than the Hiten Mitsurugi ougi." During his fight with Kenshin. the only thing that could be seen was Soujirou’s footsteps ripping through the tatami mat. on closer inspection." The Shun Ten Satsu is simply Soujirou combining battoujutsu with the true Shukuchi. This jagged edge is the key to most of Shishio’s hiken. you notice that the edge is jagged with tiny teeth. penetrating the range of the opponent in an instant. SATSU JIN KEN Mugenjin: Mugenjin isn’t the name of a technique. "Reduced Earth. In terms of power however. much like the blade of a saw. Note: A rough translation for zetsugi is "Ultimate Attack/Unparalleled Attack". This blade appears normal when you first look at it. named so because the speed behind the attack is so swift that "there isn’t an instant even to feel the pain. The speed behind the Shun Ten Satsu completely equals to that of Kenshin’s Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki.55. and the blunt end of the blade held parallel to the back of his arm. Afterwards he sinks into a stance similar to that of the Sen Ran Tou Sei. however. the attack itself is an extremely swift lunge. being the strongest attack of Enishi’s style of kenjutsu. In essence. While doing the true Shukuchi. similar to that of a tiger poised and ready for an attack (hence the name). Zetsugi: Ko Fuku Zetsu Tousei: Enishi’s strongest attack. TENBU NO SAI NIYORU KEN Shukuchi (Reduced Earth): The Shikuchi is a body technique in which the user springs from their initial speed directly into their top speed within an instant. even by Kenshin. Instead of spinning like the Sen Ran Tou Sei. it is equivalent to an ’ougi’. it would look like the distance between the two fighters has shrunk. which begins with him holding his tachi with the hilt facing down. Hence the name. . Soujirou continually states he’s only moving "three steps below Shukuchi" or "two steps below shukuchi. upon which Enishi rises and brings his tachi fiercely along his opponent’s upper body. it’s the name of the sword Shishio uses. through immense strength of the legs. Shun Ten Satsu (Instant Heaven Murder): Soujirou’s other named technique." While moving at this speed.

The secret behind this technique comes from all the people Shishio has killed. From this technique stance. One interesting note is that the saya (sheath) is covered with metal instead of being only wood. and causing the flames to react with the gunpowder.Guren Kaina: The black gloves Shishio wears were soaked in gunpowder. triggering an explosion. a massive flaming tornado.Kaguzuchi: Shishio’s final and most powerful technique.56. creating a swirl of flames. Kanuma Shouyo Ken (Hidden Sun’s Sword): Shouyo Ken is a technique that’s a double strike in a horizontal circular motion.Ishinshishi no Requiem. the Homura dama is a constant flame surrounding Shishio’s sword. With the saya held in the left hand the user holds the saya out in a Chudan (middle position) as a distraction. I no hiken . Afterwards. Tsui no hiken . the sheath is led out and tied to the left hand by the sageo (scabbard cord) while the sword is held in the right hand. which unfortunately. Ni no hiken . First Shishio gets a hold on the opponent. When getting in the inital stance. igniting the homura dama. This style which is used only by Shigure Takimi in the Rurouni Kenshin Movie . never connected with anyone in the series. so that attacks can also be made with the saya. or from either side with his blade.Homura dama: The first of Shishio’s hiken. he scratches the jagged edge of his sword along his glove. concealing the blade from the opponent. This attack is executed by striking first with the saya. If the attack with the blade is blocked. . The Guren Kaina also uses the homura dama in the attack. above. The kaguzuchi is initiated by Shishio hitting his saya towards the bottom of Mugenjin’s blade. while his sword is held down and to the back. The oils and fats from human bodies collected on Shishio’s blade over time. the user can make an attack from below. SAIKI KANUMA RYU KENJUTSU Saiki Kanuma Ryu Kenjutsu is a swordfighting style which uses both the sword and sheath in it’s combat techniques. the spark will generate the flames around his blade. So by dragging the katana against the ground. a counter attack can be made with the saya. Kanuma Shougetsu Ken (Hidden Moon’s Sword): Used with both sword and saya (sheath. is a quite versatile fighting style in which the practitioner can both defend and attack in an instant or fake out an opponent. and eventually. or creating the right amount of friction.

At close range. i. making multiple images of himself. Hiken Soutou Ken (Secret Paired Flying Sword): This technique is basically an anti-air movement in which the user drops the saya and unsheathes the wakizashi (short sword) with the left hand and leaps up to intercept the opponent. KODACHI NITOU RYUU Kodachi Nitou Ryuu (Double Kodachi school) Is the name of the fighting technique used by Shinomori Aoshi. Kanuma Shouen Ken (Hidden Flame’s Sword): In this technique the user strikes the ground with saya and scrapes the ground in a circular motion. Aoshi used only one kodachi. Before the opponent comes within range the user crosses the swords in front of their body for either a scissors attack or to catch the opponent’s sword in the cross of their two swords. During his first appearance in the RK series. the saya is retrieved by pulling back on the cord attached from the users left hand to the saya. and which is the fake. When this occurs the user would then launch the saya out of his left hand at the opponent. but whenever Aoshi attacked with his kodachi. From this point the user then dashes in with their sword extended out aiming for a stab instead of a cut. It is only at the beginning of the Kyoto saga when Aoshi begins to utilize his two kodachi fighting style. Ososugi de Ugoki: A technique where Aoshi moves around his opponent at varying speeds.e. the secret and weaknesses behind Aoshi’s technique are unveiled. leaves. igniting anything on the ground.57. combined with his kempo skills to fight an opponent. and attack with his fists. usually aiming for a weak spot or a previous wound. After attacking. during Kenshin’s fight against Aoshi. However. Aoshi would then trap the sword with his kodachi using the blind spot. (This attack is similar to the Soryusen Ikazuchi technique in Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu). the blind spot was naturally eliminated. an opponent with a longer sword has a blind spot due to the long reach. Shouyo Ken #2: The variation of Shouyo Ken is if the opponent evades the first strike with the saya. . and making it even harder for the opponent to distinguish which is the real Aoshi. This causes a wall of flame which confuses the opponent as to where an attack will come from. If the opponent blocks the attack the user then traps the opponents sword and attacks with his own. This attack inceases the combative range of the user by at since the saya can be launched out further than the length of a sword.

then rushing forward and directing a stab at the arteries in his opponent’s neck. and spins times. then beginning with his right. [Thanks & Contact] Special thanks to everyone who has contributed on this FAQ and made it the way it is today. He around three chest. which allow him to know how they plan to attack. (Revolving Sword Dance): The technique Aoshi after disorienting the opponent with the ryusui closes in on the confused opponent. then pressed his second kodachi against the blade of the first kodachi. Onmyou Hasshi: A darted sword technique.58. He blocked Okina’s tonfa with his first kodachi. He can hear all the movements of the human body. running forward. or left hand and slashing six times continuously. the expansion and contraction of muscles. giving his opponent three slashes to the Kaiten Kenbu Rokuren (Six revolving sword dances): The move starts with Aoshi gripping his kodachi backhanded. So the opponent would only see one kodachi heading for him/her in their line of sight. Usui’s techniques: Shin-Gan (Mind’s eye): Usui most noted move. like a pair of scissors. the second kodachi is hidden directly behind the first. however. . Onmyou Kousa: A counter attack move Aoshi used against Okina. Goku Juuji (Burning cross): A technique which begins with Aoshi crossing both kodachi at the point. forcing Okina’s tonfa to break under the pressure of the two blades. and repeated thrusts from the iron base of the spear. MISC These are various techniques that are currently not in any category at the moment. Both kodachi are thrown straight at the opponent. but an extremely well developed sense of hearing. Kaiten Kenbu usually uses no ugoki. It isn’t magic of any sort. the heartbeat which betrays their state of mind. Pouken pougyoku hyakka ryouran: A technique where Usui attacks with multiple slashes from his spear.

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